City, State Officials Prepare Roads for Winter Storm

By: Terra Hall Email
By: Terra Hall Email

Throughout Thursday, road maintenance crews sprayed salt brine designed to keep the snow from sticking to Lincoln streets.

"Today were finishing up on all of our anti-icing measures on the arterial streets and we're readying our sanders and our plows - what we call the bits, the blades on the plows - making sure those are in good shape. And replacing the ones that need replacing," said Roger Tiedeman with Lincoln City Street Maintenance.

The state is also making preparations.

"All of the supervisors in our shops are out getting their trucks ready," said Roger Kalkwarf, with the State Dept. of Roads. "The mechanics are checking them over and the employees are checking them over."

The storm expected to hit Friday morning could drop up to 10 inches in some eastern parts of the state which could be a major hassle for drivers, but roads officials are working to make driving as easy as possible for motorists.

"With our preparation, we're way in advance of any inclement weather we might get," said Tiedeman. "I think we'll be on the streets ahead of the storm. The drive time tomorrow, i think people should not have a problem."

Kalkwarf said state crews will hit the highways Friday to clean up the mess.

"Once the storm hits, we'll wait until there's enough snow to where it's plow-able," said Kalkwarf. "And once we can start plowing snow, we'll start plowing snow and have all of our trucks out."

And while mother nature will bring lots of snow, the warmer weather she's given us over the last week will help crews after the storm.

"The soil and the concrete will retain some of the heat so it will help us as far as getting the snow to melt a little bit quicker and that helps us getting the snow off the street with the plow," said Tiedeman.

Both departments are also grateful for the nice weather because they haven't used much salt brine so far.

"If we had some back to back storms, that type of scenario, we might run into some problems late into the season," said Tiedeman. "But right now we have adequate quantities to handle what we have coming."

Which should provide relief and safer roads for motorists across the state.

For more information on the latest road conditions, stay with 10/11 news. You can also call 511 or www.visit 511nebraska.org or www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/pworks/engine/traffic/snow/index.htm.


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