Monday afternoon the City of Lincoln issued a snow removal district parking ban that will go into effect early Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Lincoln Public Works crews worked over the weekend to clear Lincoln streets.
Snow removal in the residential areas will begin around 8 a.m. Monday.
A snow removal district parking ban will be in effect from 12:01 to 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 13th in the City’s eight snow removal districts.
In these areas, snow is plowed into windrows, loaded into trucks and hauled out of the area overnight. To assist with snow removal, parking is prohibited on both sides of the streets in the districts, which include streets in Downtown and the Haymarket; University Place; Havelock; Bethany; College View; 11th and “G”; 17th and Washington; and 25th and Sumner. Maps can be found at lincoln.ne.gov.
To assist downtown residents during snow removal district parking bans, free overnight parking is offered at Center Park Garage, 1100 “N” St.
To reduce citations and towed vehicles downtown, the service will be offered from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. when the City is under a snow removal district parking ban. Customers will be charged the posted rate for any time beyond those hours. Vehicles that remain in the garage past 10 a.m. will be charged for the entire time the vehicle was in the facility.
No other parking bans are in effect. City crews have working all day clearing snow in residential areas and spreading sand on the major streets. The Lincoln Police Department reports 28 accidents in the City since midnight. StarTran buses are running on time.
Scott Opfer with Public Works said at 9 a.m. Sunday they put all their crews out for a full scale plowing and spreading materials on emergency snow routes and main arterial streets.
Opfer said if you don't need to be out, stay home. He told 10/11 his main concern with this storm is the wet, slushy roads turning to ice late Sunday and early Monday morning.
Opfer said, "People really need to watch what they're doing. It's likely to be slick, we'll try to be on top of that putting salt down to help with that, but people just need to be prepared for slick streets."
He also said the wind is causing traffic lights to get covered with blowing snow. Opfer said if you come to a stoplight and can't see the color of the light, treat it like a stop sign and proceed through the intersection with caution.
Parking bans are not in effect at this time, but residents are asked to move parked cars off the streets to help with the snow removal operation.
Crews have been out all night removing snow from emergency snow routes, arterials and bus routes. They began spreading salt about 3:30 a.m. Streets are slick, and drivers are urged to use caution. The Lincoln Police Department reports about 66 accidents yesterday, but only three since midnight.
Morning traffic is expected to be lighter with Lincoln Public Schools on spring break this week.