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Current Road Conditions in Omaha

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Main Street Conditions Are:

  • Generally clear. Some slick spots are present.

Residential Street Conditions Are:

  • Clear to partially snow and ice covered.

Snow Operations

  • Crews are monitoring street conditions and addressing problem areas as warranted.

Emergency Parking Regulations are:

  • Not in effect.

Cautionary Messages

  • Normal winter driving conditions are present. Drivers should be alert for slick spots.

Street Maintenance Division Substandard Road Policy and Maintenance Strategies

Policy

Update--As of March 13, 2017--Under Construction. PLEASE be patient--will be done soon! :)

Maintenance Strategies

  • Unimproved Road – Granular Surface

    • Blade regularly as scheduled at least once annually, and up to three times annually.  Maintain crown with sideslope and proper ditches (see Figure 1).  Clean culverts as needed.

An example of a well maintained unimproved road with a granular surface.

 

  • Unimproved Road – Some Asphalt or Quiltwork Asphalt

    • Grind the asphalt and blade the grindings into the surface.  Schedule the street for annual blading.  Maintain ditches regularly.  Clean culverts as needed. Do not place new asphalt on these surfaces.

Pictures of unimproved roads with quiltwork asphalt inappropriately placed over several years.

 

 

Recently ground and bladed surface previously consisting of quiltwork asphalt.

 

Recently ground and bladed surface previously consisting of quiltwork asphalt.

  • Unimproved Alley – Grass or Dirt Surface

    • Inspect annually to determine if the alley warrants blading.  If warranted, blade to restore the proper shape.  Material will only be added with blading if paid for and provided by the adjoining residents.  Maintain positive drainage.

  • Unimproved Alley – Granular Surface

    • Schedule blading of granular surface unimproved alleys on a two-year rotation.  Material can be added consistent with the material currently in place.  A change in surface material type will only occur if paid for and provided by the adjoining residents.  Maintain positive drainage.  If asphalt grindings are available, they may be placed at no cost to abutting property owners.  Asphalt grindings are not always available.

  • Unimproved Alley – Some Asphalt and Quiltwork Asphalt

    • Grind the asphalt and blade the grindings into the surface.  Add to the two-year maintenance schedule for unimproved alleys with a granular surface.  Maintain positive drainage.  Do not add new asphalt to these surfaces.

  • Substandard Road – Oil Mat or Overlay

    • Grade shoulders and ditches regularly; once the surface exceeds its useful life, the adjoining homeowners can be assessed for an additional overlay, repair the surface at their own expense, or elect to pave the street to City standards. If repaving is not going to be funded by the district, reclaim the surface as granular once the pavement has exceeded its useful life.  Pothole repair is provided by the City for these surfaces if the road is generally in good condition.  Clean culverts as needed.

  • Substandard Road – Engineered Asphalt with no Curb & Gutter

    • Patch potholes as needed or repair with an asphalt grind and patch project.  Maintain shoulder and ditch drainage on a regular basis.  Clean culverts as needed.

  • Substandard Alley – Partially Paved or Engineered Asphalt with no Drainage

    • Patch potholes as needed.  Maintain proper drainage on a regular basis.

Substandard Oil Mat Roadway.  Once the surface exceeds its useful life, it can be repaired or repaved by the residents or reclaimed as a granular surface by the City.

Substandard Road with Engineered Asphalt and no curb & gutter.

FIGURE 1: STANDARD CROSS SECTIONS FOR SUBSTANDARD ROADS, UNIMPROVED ROADS, AND UNIMPROVED ALLEYS.

 

 For snow removal on sidewalks click here.

Sidewalk Repairs

The Omaha Municipal Code, Sections 26-41 – 26-44, states property owners are obligated to construct and repair the sidewalks abutting their properties. Click here for evaluation criteria.

Section 26-41, Section 26-42, Section 26-43, Section 26-44
(you may need to scroll down to the appropriate sections)

Driveway Approach Repairs

The OMC, Sections 34-107 states that property owners are obligated to remove, reconstruct, relocate or repair any driveway approach which is causing damage or likely to cause damage to or interfere with any street structures, including pavement or sidewalks. Click here for evaluation criteria.

Section 34-107 (you may need to scroll down to 34-107)

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Sidewalk and Driveway Approach Repairs

 

Q. Why did the city send a repair notice for sidewalk and/or driveway approach to me?

A. The Omaha Municipal Code (OMC) states property owners are responsible for repairing unsafe sidewalks and deteriorated driveway approaches that can cause damage to city streets. To view sections of the OMC referring to these repairs, select:
Sidewalk: Section
26-41, Section 26-42, Section 26-43, Section 26-44
Driveway Approach: Section 34-107

Q. What does the green paint on my sidewalk and/or driveway approach signify?

A. The green paint identifies the parameters of the area that need to be repaired. An "X" signifies one panel replacement. Arrows on two sides indicate the area between them require repair.

Q. What options do I have to repair the sidewalk and/or driveway approach?

A.Option 1: Hire your own contractor or make repairs yourself.

Option 2: Have the City’s contractor make repairs.

Q. When I have decided which option I prefer, what is my next step?

A.Option 1 requires calling (402) 444-5283 and providing your full name, the property address of the repairs, and whether you or your contractor will do the work.

Important: You must request an inspection after the forms have been set, before the concrete is poured. Call (402) 444-5280 to schedule an inspection.

Option 2 requires no action on your part. The City’s contractor will perform the work.

Q. What is the typical repair cost if the City’s contractor performs the work? How is this price determined?

A. The estimated cost varies from year to year and is determined annually when the City accepts and awards a contract to the lowest qualified bidder.

Q. I want to pay for the repairs which the City's contractor completed. Can I send a check now?

A. After you receive your Statement of Account, you will have 30 days from the billing date to pay for repairs. If the amount is not paid within 30 days, it will be processed for special assessment with the next sidewalk assessment district.

Q. Why did I receive the Standard Plate?

A. The Standard Plate provides instructions for property owners who hire their own contractors or make their own repairs.

Q. How does the City notify a property owner that sidewalk or driveway approach repairs are needed?

A. In accordance with the OMC, a certified letter is mailed to property owners regarding the needed repairs. The U.S. Postal Service will make two (2) attempts to deliver it. If no one is home to sign for the certified letter, a Form 3849 (peach-colored 3½ " x 5"card), notifying the property owner of the certified letter, is left in the mailbox. If no one claims the certified letter, it is returned to the City and repairs are scheduled.

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Sidewalk Evaluation

 

A sidewalk shall be considered defective when exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics:

 

FIGURE “A”: Sidewalk faulted at joint or crack with 1” or more deflection.

 

Sidewalks Figure A 

 

FIGURE “B”: Sidewalk raised more than 2" in 8 ft. from normal profile line of sidewalk. BACK to TOP

 

 Sidewalks Figure B

 

FIGURE “C”: Sidewalk sunken more than 2" in 8 ft. from normal profile line of sidewalk. BACK to TOP

 

 Sidewalks Figure C

 

FIGURE “D”: Sidewalk cracked into 3 or more pieces per panel, or any single crack with 1/2" or greater openings. BACK to TOP

 

 Sidewalks Figure D

 

FIGURE “E”: Sidewalk cracked and/or spalled (smaller crater like holes deeper then 3/8") with part of sidewalk missing and forming holes deeper than 3/8 inch. BACK to TOP

 

Sidewalks Figure E

 

NOTE: Additional defects such as, severe scaling, wide horizontal cracks, missing concrete or brick, utility valves, etc., can cause a condition which may be unsafe. These conditions are not necessarily quantifiable and, as such, will be handled in the best judgment of the inspectors.

 

Driveway Approach Evaluation

 

A driveway approach shall be considered defective when exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics:

 

  1. Improperly constructed driveway approaches, such as those constructed with a non-formed joint (sledge-hammer, etc.) with the street, are the property owner’s responsibility to repair.
  2. If the driveway approach extends into the pavement and is integral with the curb and gutter (as with a lugout), the property owner’s responsibility extends to the joint.
  3. An improperly constructed driveway approach and the joint with the edge of the street pavement will allow surface runoff to undermine the street.

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Equipment and Processes information

This section contains information on some of the specialized equipment that is used to maintain the city streets at various times of the year.

Click on the words to link to images.

Street Sweeper

Snow Plow Trucks

Snow Blower

Brine Making

Brine Distributor Truck

 

Street Sweeper Broom Images

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main-pickup-broom  Main Pick-Up Broom

Sweeping Operations

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Snow Plow Trucks

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Plow Blade

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The snow plow blade is equipped with a hardened steel cutting edge. This wears down over about 24 hours of plowing and is replaced with a new edge. The blade has a spring loaded bottom section that trips when it strikes an obstacle such as a manhole or railroad track. This reduces the impact the plow mount and truck.

 

 

 

Hopper

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The truck is equipped with a hopper that dispenses salt or a sand/salt mixture. The rate of application is paced off the speed of the truck. The material is fed by a conveyor belt to a chute at the rear of the hopper. The material drops on a spinning plate that throws it horizontally behind the truck.

 

 

Brine Tank

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The truck carries approximately 150 gallons of brine. The brine is a mixture of salt and water. The brine is applied to the salt as it falls from the conveyor belt to the spinner. Wetted salt is a much more effective deicer that non-wetted salt.

 

warning-lights Warning Lights

The rear of the truck is equipped with flashing warning lights. A truck that is plowing snow or spreading salt/sand will often drive slower than other traffic and drivers should pass with caution. When the truck is spreading salt or sand it is discharged directly behind and to both sides of the truck.

Snow Chains

snow-chainsThe trucks are equipped with automatic snow chains, which are located inside the rear wheels. If the trucks lose traction, the driver can lower the chains which are thrown under the rear wheels as they turn. They provide additional traction that helps the truck to maneuver on slick roads. Under normal conditions, the chains remain in the up position. If conventional chains are used, they tend to wear out in 24 hours, but automatic chains can last an entire winter season.

 

 

Control Panels

control-panelsThe spreader and plow are controlled, by the operator, using special electronic controls located in the cab of the truck. The operator can direct the snow by changing the angle of the plow or lift the plow when traveling where it is not needed.

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The operator also controls the rate of application. They must also enter information in the controller for the type of material being applied and whether or not brine is being added.

Snow Blower

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There are six snow blowers in Omaha's snow equipment fleet. Although they are only used in one or two snow operations every year, they are indispensable machines that can move an impressive 50 tons of snow in a minute and they are capable of filling a dump truck in seconds.

The snow blower is powered by a 430 HP engine. It can throw snow over 100 feet.

The snow blowers are used in snow hauling operations for snowfalls of more than six inches, it is sometime necessary to collect and remove snow from downtown and other business districts. A snow blower will work in conjunction with twenty or more dump trucks to pick up and load snow into the haul trucks.

High winds with even moderate snow can build drifts that are too high for even a large snow plow. A snow blower will be needed occasionally to break through drifts in City streets.

"Ribbon" Blade

snow-blower-ribbon-bladesnow-blower-chuteThe forward facing "ribbon" blade can cut through wet or encrusted snow with ease.

Blower Chute

The snow is propelled up the chute and directed into either a haul truck or an open field.

 

 

Brine Making                                                                                                      

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The City makes brine at two of our five street maintenance yards. Brine is distributed to all yards and used during ice and snow removal operations. Brine is basically salt water. It is a very effective de-icing agent when applied directly to the pavement. It is also applied to granular salt and sand before applying those materials to the pavement. Wetted material adheres to the pavement better and melts ice and snow faster than salt without brine. To increase the melting capabilities of the brine a sugar beet derivative can be added to the brine mixture to lower the freezing point, making it more effective during extreme cold.

brine-making

The brine is made in a large stainless steel vat. The salt is loaded into the top of the vat and water is added and mixed to create the brine

brine-storage

After the salt has saturated the solution, it is pumped to a storage tank. A small amount of water is added to reduce the concentration to the optimal percentage. Ten to twenty percent sugar beet derivative may be added also.

Brine is delivered from the storage tanks to other locations using a 3,000 gallon tanker truck and then the brine is loaded in to distributer trucks for application to the road surfaces.

Brine Distributor Truck

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The brine distributor truck is equipped with a 1000 gallon brine tank. The truck carries 23% salt brine that is applied to the road before and during snow events
Brine Tank

brine-tank-polyethyleneThe polyethylene tank holds about 1000 gallons of brine.

Brine Pump

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The pump is controlled by the operator. The pumping rate increases as the truck speed increases to allow for a uniform rate of application.

Solenoid Valves

solenoid-valves

Solenoid valves are operated from the cab of the truck. They control whether brine is applied to the left, center or right lanes

Main Distributor

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The main distributor applies brine in the lane behind the truck.


Vertical Manifolds

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Vertical manifolds distribute brine to the lanes right and left of the vehicle. These are controlled by the operator.

Snow Plan- Brochure

Snow Operations

Emergency Parking Regulations

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Planned Improvements Program

Below is a listing of the current projects that the City of Omaha Public Works Department is working on to improve the quality of the transportation network over the next two years. These projects fall under the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) and it is revised every year based on need and priority. The CIP is established on a five year projection and the current CIP is projected from 2013-2018 and the below projects are currently receiving the highest priority of funding and completion. For more detailed information click here for the full document on the Capital Improvements Plan.

 

Last Update April 25, 2013

Project Number Project Name Total Project Cost Budgeted 2013 Projected Completion
103 16th Street Mall Improvements $     7,800,000 $     900,000  
         
105 26th and "Q" Street Bridge Replacement $   12,321,000 $     888,000 2015
         
106 42nd and "Q" Street Intersection Improvements $     6,492,000 $     442,000 2014
         
107 Airport Business Park $   13,313,000   2015
         
108 Ames-Locust Industrial Park $     8,708,000 $   8,708,000 2013
         
120 Stockyards Bridge Replacement $     2,500,000 $   1,000,000 2014
         
203 63rd and Northwest Radial Highway $         800,000   2015
         
205 Dundee Business District Improvements $     2,520,000 $   1,950,000 2013
         
302 84th St- Pacific St to Harney St $     3,000,000 $     200,000 2014
         
304 90th St-F St to L St $     2,420,000 $     200,000 2018
         
305 96th Street - Park Dr to Y St $     3,000,000 $   2,500,000 2013
         
308 "F" Street Bridge at approx. 79th St $     1,482,000 $     180,000 2015
         
402 114th-Burke St to Pacific St $     4,130,000 $     200,000 2017
         
406 144th St-W. Dodge Rd to Eagle Run Dr, and Blondo-134th to 141st St $   15,765,000 $     858,000 2013
         
407 156th Street - Pepperwood Dr to Corby St and PH 1:Blondo St 155th to Eldorado Dr $     4,200,000   2014
         
408 156th Street - Pepperwood Dr to Corby St and PH 1:Blondo St 160th to 155th St $   10,512,000 $   1,035,000 2016
         
409 168th St-W. Center Rd to Q St $     9,400,000 $     250,000 2017
         

 

 

 

street-sweepingThe Public Works Department oversees the City's street sweeping program. The work is done by City Personnel and B & W Company, a local firm.

Sweeping of residential streets begins in mid-March. It is our goal to be completed by the beginning of June.

Every paved street with curbs in the City is swept. The sweepings primarily consist of sand, leaves, other tree debris and litter. The material is disposed of in a licensed landfill.

The city is divided into 8 sweeping districts.

Major streets and business districts are swept throughout the year on a regular schedule.

2019 Brooming Schedule

This map represents the anticipated street sweeping schedule for cycle one sweeping in 2019. These dates are approximate and can and will be adjusted due to weather conditions or sweeping progress. Please check back for updates.

News and Information

Flood Recovery Repair/Closure Information

More information for flood recovery road repair/closures in other Omaha-area jurisdictions can be found on the following sites:

 

Western Douglas County

Nebraska Department of Transportation

Iowa Department of Transportation

 

 

Have you tried out the app for Omaha road closures and restrictions?

 

The Public Works Department is excited to announce a new interactive map application for road closures and street restrictions.

 

 

Users can view a color-coded map or click on segments which show details for each closure or restriction.

 

Experience the app by scanning this QR code   QR Code   with your mobile device or by clicking here.