Snow Removal Continues On Side Streets

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

More snow is headed toward the Heartland and may cause more problems. Many side streets are still ice packed and choppy, ruts where drivers have worn a path in the ice.

Road crews are already preparing for the next storm. Crews are out cleaning up some of the snow pack left after the last storm and spreading a salt and sand mixture to help improve traction on side streets.

Victor Vasquez says, "Main road clean up, it was okay but it is those side roads that most people are on that are horrible." Victor is delivering pizzas while he's going to school and says the last storm caused him problems.

Packed snow and ice make for treacherous driving conditions. Combine that with Omaha hills and rutted streets and the combination is a dangerous one. Then there is the re-freeze.

"It starts to melt and then by nighttime it freezes so now you've got another problem, you don't have the snow but you've got the ice now."

Crews are out removing patches of ice, but the effort is being hampered by legally parked vehicles and traffic. The crews are plowing where possible and will be laying down a mixture of salt and sand over the next few days and hoping for warmer temperatures to help them clear the streets.

How crews manage to get any particular street depends a lot on timing. If plows come down your street before many of us head to work they will be a lot cleaner than after we compact the snow into sheets of ice. Because once the packed ice is on the roads it is difficult to remove.

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