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"I know I saw a lot ...
"I know I saw a lot of cars in the ditches on the way over from Columbus to Platte Center," said Platte County Highway Superintendent Fred Liss from the county shop about 7:30 a.m. today.
County crews were out clearing highways at 5 a.m., he said.
"We're spreading salt and moving snow," Liss
"The guys are concentrating on the county's hard-surface roads right now."
"We'll just wait and see what the winds do the rest of the day," Liss
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Platte County Highway Superintendent Fred Liss said de-icing operations are performed on paved surfaces only and rural paved roads are cleared first with priority given to locations around the schools.
"Once the paved roads have been opened the department then proceeds with opening gravel surfaced roads on the county system," Liss
"Once all the roads have been made passable, the crews proceed with widening operations to make room for additional snowfall.
said that once those priorities are met, his
department, if requested, can offer assistance to township operators.
said the county's snow removal crews are considered to be on-call throughout the season.
said, because of the suddenness and variability of ice events, it's often difficult to stay ahead of fast changing weather conditions.
The department's policy is to only de-ice intersections, hills, and sheltered areas.
Entire roadways are only de-iced under the most severe conditions.
said that, especially in rural areas, the presence of high winds during snow storms can be extremely dangerous.
said snow removal operations are likely to be suspended under extremely windy conditions.
"This is not only for the safety of the crews and the public, but to also reduce the depth of drifting snow created by plowing operations," Liss
"Attempting to remove snow under extremely windy conditions is counter productive and places equipment and lives at risk."
During a winter storm stranded and abandoned vehicles are an even greater hazard to the public than in fair weather.
Vehicles along the roadway also hinder snow removal operations.
department notifies the sheriffs department of abandoned vehicles and after reasonable attempts have been made to locate the owner, the vehicle will be towed.
"Snow removal crews can assist in an emergency situation," he
"Crew members are instructed to assist those in need when possible."
All units are equipped with radio communications for relaying specific information to the base of operations.
noted that although snow removal and de-icing equipment are not considered emergency vehicles, following too close behind these vehicles is not just dangerous but also unlawful.
said when cleaning around bridges and intersections operators often must back-up the equipment.
encouraged drivers to give snow removal operators and their equipment room to work.
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Platte County Highway Superintendent Fred Liss said his department is concentrating on areas that were damaged by the first of the flooding last week.
"At this point we're still working on areas damaged by the first flood," Liss
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Fred Liss, Platte County highway superintendent, said the request stemmed from the Nebraska Department of Roads' and Union Pacific Railroad's requirement that an adjacent crossing be closed within one mile of the structure to qualify for funding.
The number of vehicles that use the East 29th Avenue crossing far exceeds the amount required to qualify for a viaduct with funding assistance from the state and railroad, Liss
said, and that is the reason the county is pursuing this project.
The county is approaching the city for "participation because East 14th Avenue is under the control of the city," he
said, and "the only options (for crossing closure) are East 14th Avenue and East 44th Avenue" south of Behlen Manufacturing Co.Liss
said from the board's perspective the logical choice is East 14th Avenue.
said there is nothing in the county's one- or six-year plan to accommodate for Eighth Street improvements.
Councilman Joe Held said he
understood it would be up to the county board if they wanted to close the crossing at East 44th Avenue, but if he
choice that would be his
said in order for the county to move forward promptly with the project "we need to come to (Nebraska Department of Roads) with an interlocal agreement if it is going to be east 14th Avenue" that will be closed.
"I can't see even 200 feet," ...
"I can't see even 200 feet," Platte County Highway Superintendent Fred Liss said this morning while standing outside the county shop in Platte Center.He said county road crews were planning to wait out the storm front's howling winds.
Most of the hard-surface county roads were dry before this morning's storm, with the strong winds blowing them clean except for isolated sheltered areas, Liss
"It's dangerous for our people and the traveling public putting our (snow plowing) equipment out there in these conditions," Liss