Lincoln’s Winter Operations, residential roads clear by Wednesday
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The City of Lincoln is providing a live update to our winter operations.
Lincoln Transporation and Utilities (LTU) Director Liz Elliot says crews are on their second round of arterial plowing. They continue to apply de-icer to loosen any packed snow and ice.
The parking ban for arterial streets ended at 8 a.m. Tuesday, but the residential parking ban is still in effect. So cars are allowed to park on the odd-numbered sides of residential streets.
Unplowed residential streets remain hazardous, so locals should continue to limit travel.
Wondering why your street has yet to be cleared? The City of Lincoln says to hang in there.
City crews have been working the roads all day yesterday and began again early Tuesday.
A representative explained, “with this storm snowfall, didn’t stop till about 5 am this morning, and with the hourly accumulations, we were received yesterday, it meant that as they were plowing those areas… snow quickly built back up… So, today about 5 am is approximately our zero hour for us to start getting positive traction and get ahead of the event.”
LTU is predicting they will be done with residential areas by midnight Wednesday, as several passes will be needed.
Lincoln’s paved roads and major arterials streets should be open by noon, as reported by County Engineer Pam Dingman.
Due to the amount of snow, motor graders had to be used on paved roads, slowing down their ability to clear gravel roads.
About 25% of the gravel roads should be clear by noon, 50% by the end of the day.
Drivers were allowed to drive their motor graders home Monday night in order to get an earlier start today. An unprecedented decision by the County Engineers.
Dingman predicts all roads will be open by Wednesday night, but they are hoping to add more staff today to assist subdivisions.
Lincoln Police Captain Danny Reitan then took to the podium to discuss law enforcement’s operations.
The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) will continue to function as normal, barring slower response times with the slick roads.
Officers have been given the opportunity to team up for the day, so there may be two officers in one cruiser responding to your call. This allows them to have immediate backup if need be.
Lincoln Police took 1,600 calls yesterday. For reference, this is nearly 600 more calls than LPD received last Monday.
Officers responded to 22 accidents Monday and three more have been reported since midnight. These numbers are relatively normal. Cpt. Reitan thanks Lincoln residents for staying off the roads as much as possible.
Following Cpt. Reitan, Acting Fire Chief Dave Engler informed the city that they have been proactive in staffing additional medic units, knowing the weather would impact response times.
Lincoln Fire and Rescue’s (LFR) typical volume of emergency calls is around 75 a day. On Monday, that number jumped to 88.
Engler reminds the community to be aware of fall hazards, as walkways may be icy or wet. Also, LFR warns against overexerting yourself while shoveling snow, especially due to the volume of snowfall.
Lastly, Engler reminds residents to keep their fire hydrants clear in case of emergency.
Next, Sheriff Terry Wagner discusses the state of the County.
“The wind tends to blow unabated in the County and so white-outs, drifting, and those kinds of conditions, pretty prevalent,” said Wagner. “So I appreciate everybody staying home when they could, if there’s anything good that came out of COVID it was the ability for employers to have their employees work from home and yesterday was a good example of a good day to work from home.”
Of course, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office saw a higher volume of cars in ditches yesterday. Specifically, interstate on-ramps, Highway 77 and Highway 133 were difficult areas.
Elliot says yesterday’s efforts to combat the snowfall will significantly impact LTU’s budget.
For the year, LTU is allotted $4 million. Lincoln’s first winter storm burned about $1 million, and this storm will likely surpass that cost.