In 2017, we completed two City of Omaha projects that will be put to the test this winter. Last Spring, we finished the City of Omaha maintenance facility in northeast Omaha, and in October we finished a 10,000 square-foot salt shed in Elkhorn. Both facilities could face a test with the first significant storm of the season.
The Northeast Street Maintenance facility, located in northeast Omaha at 18th & Jaynes St., houses City of Omaha snowplows and street treatment mixtures. While this isn’t the first time the snowplows will hit the streets this winter, this first storm of 2018 looks to be a challenge for street crews. Temperatures are expected to drop quickly and dramatically, leading to the potential for a measurable snow to fall on ice-covered streets throughout the morning commute. The condensed nature of the storm, coupled with the timing of the morning commute, will present a challenge to crews to keep the streets safe, and we feel proud that the facility will maximize their efficiency.
As the City of Omaha has grown, so has the need for additional snowplows to keep all streets safe in winter conditions. The building replaced the former facility that was no longer large enough to meet the demands of the city as it has grown.
The facility includes a nearly 20,000 square-foot garage for equipment, vehicles and office space. There is an additional 16,000 square-foot building for materials, including a 1,000 square-foot bring mixing facility that includes a 90,000-gallon brine storage tank.
The entire facility was designed with efficiency in mind. Trucks can quickly enter, refill with treatments, and get back on the road so the streets can stay safe in winter conditions.
In October of 2017 we completed a salt shed building located in Elkhorn. The 10,000 square-foot building stores the salt and sand used by the City of Omaha maintenance street crews. While no one wants to see compromising conditions on the streets, we are proud to be involved projects that were designed with the city’s safety in mind.