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State plows work on clearing I-80

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Posted By:  Sabrina Ahmed

Parts of I-80 were shut down Wednesday morning due to icy conditions. 

As state plow driver Asa Lempka climbs into his rig, he's ready to take on whatever snow he finds.

"I mean If you see these big yellow trucks out there, they're out there for a reason—because it's slick and there are problems," Lempka said.

Lempka's been plowing roads for almost eight years... And in the grand scheme of storms, this one wasn't too bad... And it was definitely the easiest to tackle this winter season.

"I mean we haven't had a lot but I would say this is one of the easier because the temperature today was warm enough to help the material, salt work faster and it was a little quicker to get the roads cleaned off," Lempka said.

But there were still dozens of cars, and semis on the sides of the road and in ditches.  I–80 was closed for most of the morning west bound from Lincoln because of two jackknifed semis.

And the interstate from York to Aurora in both directions was closed for the early morning.

Some drivers at Shoemakers say they just had to wait it out.

Lempka says there are a few things drivers can do when it gets rough out there.

"Pay attention that's the main thing".

Also, turn off your cruise control. He says to slow down.  the speed limit isn't always the safe speed. Leave some distance between you and the car in front of you, and pay attention to the warning signs from the Department of Roads.

Most of the roads are all cleaned up now, but the plow drivers will be working through the night and around the clock until they're in perfect condition.

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