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Plows working around the clock to clear streets

By: Bill Schammert

For much of Thursday morning, it was all about playing the waiting came for Lincoln city street crews.  Now, as the snow continues to fall, the main focus is keeping those roads safe.

For drivers we talked to, they seem impressed.

"Seems like they're on top of it now," Rocky Wray of Lincoln said. "The first couple times they got behind."

"I think they're right on it," Lori Wells of Lincoln said. "They responded well."

Other drivers seemed critical of the city going into shutdown mode.

"They used to not call off school when I was younger until there was at least a foot on the ground," Kip Matoush of Lincoln said. "They called of school and the streets were dry.  Times have changed."

Still, it's a long road ahead.

With these kind of conditions painting the streets of Lincoln, the city has had up to 92 plows and sanders trying to remove as much snow as possible.

"We're talking about four plow crews, that's going to slow drivers down," Scott Opfer of Lincoln Public Works said. "They need to stay patient."

For the time being, public works says this will be an around the clock operation. Still, in the back of their minds, they're also thinking about the potential for another storm early next week.

"We have to consider that as we pace our workers and contractors through the brunt of this storm.  We have to make sure we take into account they will probably have to work next week as well."

A city-wide parking ban goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Friday.  That means no parking on the even numbered, or north and east, sides of the street.


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