Interstate 80 Reopens, Plows Hit Residential Streets in Lincoln

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email

Nebraska roads crews have reopened east and westbound lanes on Interstate 80 between York and Aurora, but officials are still urging motorists to use extreme caution.

The Nebraska Department of Roads says the interstate is open, but severe winter driving conditions persist. A Department of Roads spokeswoman says drivers should slow down and be aware of packed snow and icy roads.

Earlier Wednesday morning, a westbound stretch of Interstate 80 near Lincoln was reopened after jackknifed semitrailers were cleared off the road. Click here to read more on the overturned semi.

Highway 6 had been closed at Milford east to the Highways 103 junction, but has been reopened.

Lincoln City crews continue plowing and material spreading operations following the overnight snowfall with 72 plows and material spreaders working on Lincoln’s streets.

Parking bans are not in effect at this time. Crews began plowing and spreading salt in residential areas at about noon. Residential parking bans are not in effect at this time, but City officials are asking for the public’s help by getting their cars off the street so they can be cleared.

A snow removal district parking ban will be in effect from 12:01 to 7 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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 between midnight and 7 a.m. To assist with snow removal, parking is prohibited on both sides of the street in the districts, which include streets in Downtown/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.

According to Public Works officials, street crews plan to address the Downtown/Haymarket snow removal district from 12:01 to 7 a.m. Thursday and will work in the remaining seven snow removal districts from 12:01 to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Lincoln Police Department reports 63 accidents as of 4 p.m. today. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving. StarTran reports that buses are running about five to 10 minutes late.

Please stay informed on the status of snow operations in Lincoln. Additional information is available on the City website at lincoln.ne.gov and in the blue pages of your phone directory. If you have questions, you may call the Public Works Snow Center at 402-441-7644.


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