City of Lincoln
2013 Media Releases
- November 21, 2013
- For More Information Contact:
- Scott Opfer, Street and Traffic Operations Mgr., 402-525-5619
Prepare Now for Winter Weather
The Public Works and Utilities Department encourages residents to be prepared for winter weather by reviewing the City snow operations information available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: snow). For City crews to clear streets effectively and efficiently, community cooperation is required. Residents are discouraged from parking on the street during any snow storm and are encouraged to plan ahead for alternative off-street parking.
The Mayor may declare three types of parking bans:
- SNOW EMERGENCY: Parking may be banned on both sides of emergency snow routes, arterial streets and City bus routes. These routes must remain open for emergency vehicles. Along non-arterial streets, bus routes are marked with signs.
- SNOW REMOVAL DISTRICTS: When a snow emergency is declared, the Mayor may prohibit parking on both sides of the street in areas designated as snow removal districts. In these areas, the snow is plowed into windrows, loaded into trucks and hauled out of the area. Typically, snow removal occurs between midnight and 8 a.m. The districts include streets in the following areas: Downtown, University Place, Havelock, Bethany, College View, 11th and "G", 17th and Washington, 25th and Sumner.
- RESIDENTIAL: A residential parking ban applies to streets that are not emergency snow routes, arterials or bus routes or included in a snow removal district. Parking is first banned on the even-numbered (north and east) side of the street. Once the Mayor has terminated that ban, parking will be banned on the odd-numbered (south and west) side of the street, and parking is again permitted on the even side.
All bans remain in effect until terminated by the Mayor. Vehicles parked illegally during parking bans are subject to fines, towing and storage costs at the owners' expense. Vehicles parked in a way that does not allow emergency vehicles to pass may be ticked for obstructing a public street.
The 2013-14 snow removal budget is about $3.7 million, a 4.5 percent increase over the previous year. This includes a $528,000 fund balance, $1,133,261 from the Street Construction Fund, and $2,045,114 from the General Fund.
Residents also are asked to stay informed on the status of snow operations. The City uses the following methods to inform the public:
- Local news media sources
- The City website - lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: snow)
- RSS feeds - sign up at lincoln.ne.gov
- Twitter - sign up at twitter.com/lincolnsnow. You do not need a Twitter account to receive SMS alerts - text "follow lincolnsnow" to 40404 (standard text messaging rates apply).
- Time Warner Cable government access channels 5 and 10 and educational access channel 80.
City ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks by 9 a.m. the day following the end of the snow storm. Sidewalks must be kept clear of snow and ice during the day. The entire width of the walk must be cleared, along with any adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. It is illegal to push or blow snow into or on any street, alley or sidewalk. Violators are subject to a fine. Residents are encouraged to clear snow from fire hydrants.
Residents are also asked to keep the following contact information handy:
- Street Condition Emergencies - 402-441-7701
- Snow Center (parking bans/snow removal operations) - 402-441-7644
- Non-Emergencies/Potholes - 402-441-7646
- City Website - lincoln.ne.gov (Click on "City Service Request" to report potholes, ice on streets, curb/gutter repair, snow being pushed into the street and other problems.)