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2008 Media Releases


Date:
December 9, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Roger Figard, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7567
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7851

CITY PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER

Mayor Chris Beutler said today that the City is prepared to handle snowy and icy conditions this winter with about $3.87 million remaining in the City’s snow operations fund. The City started the winter season with about $4.23 million in the fund, and has used about $360,000 so far.

“To keep traffic moving safely takes a coordinated effort between the City and its residents,” said Mayor Beutler. “Snow and ice removal is a challenging job for a growing City, and the first priority is to clear emergency routes and major arterials. It’s up to the citizen to use off-street parking if possible and to drive very carefully if they do need to be out in dangerous conditions.”

The City can issue two types of snow removal parking bans:

Although most cul-de-sacs have both even- and odd-numbered addresses, the City is asking those living in cul-de-sacs to move vehicles off the street when the even residential parking ban begins and to keep cars off the street until the area has been plowed. Specialized equipment is used in cul-de-sacs because regular plows are too large to maneuver well.

Public Works will continue to be proactive in keeping streets cleared. Crews began spreading anti-icing materials on all arterial streets this week. Motorists may notice the dark streaks of the material on the streets. The mixture of salt and water helps minimize frost build-up and the development of “black ice” on streets and bridges. The material application also makes removal of snow and ice build-up easier. One day of full snow removal operations costs about $125,000.

During storms, information on snow operations will be available from local media, City cable channels 5 and 10, the City Web site (lincoln.ne.gov) and the Windstream phone directory.

The City has the following reminders for residents:


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