VIDEO: City of Lincoln Snow Operations update

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The City of Lincoln provides an update on continued snow operations across the city.

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) Director Liz Elliot clarified that, although the parking ban only applies to the odd side of a street does not mean crews only plow one side.

“Our ultimate goal is to plow all streets curb to curb,” explained Elliot. “This goal does not change with this new process, as we have done in the past, snowplows will continue to plow all areas of the street that do not have parked vehicles. So if a street happens to have no vehicles parked on either side of the street. They will plow the entire street.”

This residential parking ban does end at midnight, but several snow removal district parking bans will be in effect until noon Thursday.

More: Snow plow & road conditions update for Wednesday afternoon

Lancaster County Engineer Pam Dingman commented “it’s definitely been a challenging 72 hours” for the snow crews.

Dingman said Lancaster County has finished removing snow from paved and gravel main roads. This afternoon will be focused on clearing the subdivisions.

Plows are struggling with snow removal in cul de sacs as they are often too small to fit the trucks. In fact, loaders had to be rented in order to clear the snow out of cul de sacs.

“I’d like to remind everyone that Lancaster County Engineering only has one shift of employees, and they’ve been working 12 to 14 hours a day for the last three days, many of them getting less than three hours of sleep a night,” said Dingman. “So, we are starting to get a little tired and if you see our guys out there if you can give them a little bit of a break, that would be great.”

Another big winter storm is expected within the next seven days, so Lancaster County Engineering will continue to work throughout the week in preparation for it.

On the topic of removing snow, nearly 80 volunteers, called “Snow Angels,” have been helping to shovel driveways and sidewalks across the city. So far, LTU has received more than 100 requests to be a ‘Snow Angel.’

To send in requests for your street to be plowed or re-plowed, you can visit: lincoln.ne.gov/uplnk

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