BEATRICE – For most of us, when the blizzard is over, the driveway and sidewalk are cleared and we can get to work, that’s it. Not so, for city street crews and private contractors.
Crews and contractors have been working in the overnight hours to clear mounds of snow from the downtown area of Beatrice….snow that initially was pushed to the center of the street to open up lanes in each direction, following Sunday’s blizzard that dropped seven to eight inches of the white stuff. Street Superintendent Jason Moore says a crew came in at midnight with snowplows, graders, trucks and snow blowing equipment.
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The snow used to be hauled to an area along Memorial Drive, next to the Big Blue River. But this time it’s been hauled to a former Beatrice Board of Public Works Service center property, located just west of the downtown.
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Moore says crews will be doing some snow removal on residential alleys to aid in garbage pick-up, since the storm left drifts in the alleys.
He says a local contractor, Lineweber Dirt Works, is helping the city with a larger dump truck to help haul the snow away. That truck holds five times the amount of snow a typical city truck can handle. A similar truck from the landfill along with landfill employees are also aiding in the snow removal and hauling.