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Posted on: January 13, 2024

Public Works making progress on city streets, but caution still necessary

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The ongoing work of the City crews has helped curb winter road conditions, but residents are still urged to be cautious as of 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024.

"As of  3 p.m. today, we believe all streets in the city limits of Columbus are passable. There may be some lane restrictions  due to curb line drifting," City Public Works Director Chuck Sliva said. "Street crews, with the help of Parks, Water Utilities and Water Production Golf division, worked all day yesterday into the evening to get roads plowed and passable. They then returned at 1 a.m. and worked throughout the night until 3 p.m. today cleaning downtown and major roads and arterials open to traffic. Staff will monitor road conditions throughout today and tomorrow."

Sliva said staff expect to be doing cleanup for the next four to five days, urging residents to be cautious on the roads as they are snow-packed and icy in many areas.

Earlier on Saturday, the Nebraska Department of Transportation closed U.S. Highway 30 east of Columbus starting at East 6th Avenue. Anyone with questions about Highway 30 closures is encouraged to contact NDOT as it is not a City road. 

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service continues to report hazardous conditions for the Columbus area with widespread blowing snow expected to continue throughout the night. Tonight, according to NWS, Columbus will be mostly clear with a low around -24 and wind chill values as low as -45. It will be blustery with a west northwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

On Sunday, NWS is predicting Columbus will be mostly sunny but cold, with a high near -5 and wind chill values as low as -46. 

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