There have been a lot of complaints over the past few weeks about Omaha’s snow removal. A major street had to be shut down two weeks ago and crews brought in to clear it during rush hour. Mayor Jean Stothert says they are coming up with a new strategy.
Omaha has been using the same snow removal plan since 2008 with the same goals and levels of service. Mayor Stothert says they need to look at that plan and make changes and adjustments depending on what is happening at that time. She says that may include moving all the city’s big snow plows to the main streets and putting the three-quarter ton pickups with blades on the secondary streets. Private contractors clear residential areas.
Mayor Stothert says, “We are looking for and interviewing right now for another consultant to come in and really get feedback from the business community and citizens of what level of service they want proved and then how we can do it.”
Mayor Stothert says reminds drivers that heavy traffic slows the plowing process. She says that stretch on Dodge Street that caused problems two weeks ago usually takes 40 minutes to clear. In rush hour traffic that process slows to two hours.