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Update: City announces new plan to tackle slick streets

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Posted By:  Kayla Bremer
Kbremer@klkntv.com

Many side streets are still covered in a sheet of ice and this last storm has the city thinking twice about future snow removal tactics.

This week, the Mayor ordered Public Works crews to spread more sand and salt in hopes of melting icy roads.

"Well I think they look a little better but I think they need to sand them a little more once they are icy,"  resident Kathy Marez said.

Side streets have slabs of ice still inches thick, causing headaches for drivers and people like Marez who's parked car was hit and left damaged because of the slick roads.

Right now, the city spreads sand behind the trucks when they first plow but officials say that could change.

"In the future we will also consider spreading salt on residential streets the time of the initial plowing operation," Mayor Chris Beutler said.

Scott Opfer with Public Works and Utilities says the additional salt would cost between 15 and 20 thousand for each major storm.  He says the money is within the city budget. 

They'll also continue to bring in extra plows if needed to help with residential streets, like they did with this storm.  About 15 to 20 private contractors were hired in addition to the 90 pieces of snow removal equipment the city already has.

"That same group of 90 people and pieces of equipment are the same 90 people that have to do residential streets," Opfer said.  "So we can't do them both at the same time."

The Mayor urged the public to stay informed on City snow operations and parking bans and to keep parked cars off the streets to help crews remove snow more quickly and thoroughly.

Information is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: snow) or from the Snow Center at 402-441-7644.  Residents can sign up on the website to be notified of snow operations through RSS feeds.  They also can sign up to be notified through Twitter at twitter.com/lincolnsnow.

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