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City Communications Office

City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Sean Demory, 913-314-3813

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

City crews respond to winter weather

City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are continuing snow-clearing operations in response to winter weather that passed through the Kansas City metropolitan area last night.

Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets to the City’s 311 Call Center are advised that while crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. The 311 Action Center will accept requests for slick spots and missed streets after 12 p.m. Friday, January 3.

Whenever it snows, it’s helpful for residents to park on the north or west sides of their neighborhood streets if off-street parking is not available. This enables plows to clear streets more efficiently, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets. Residents parking on signed Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to find alternate parking locations to avoid vehicles being ticketed or towed.

Crews have split into two 12-hour shifts in order to provide around-the-clock coverage on primary and arterial routes. Sixty-five residential crews are plowing the City’s 3,800 lane-miles of neighborhood streets and cul-de-sacs.

The City has approximately 6,400 lane miles of pavement in its street system. To keep traffic moving throughout the City during a winter weather event, the snow plan prioritizes plowing into two types of snow routes: primary/arterial routes and residential routes.

On primary and arterial routes, the City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments collaborate on removing snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane-miles of pavement and apply salt as needed. These crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.

On residential snow routes, City crews using smaller trucks work 12-hour shifts during daytime hours to provide a passable lane by plowing and applying salt on intersections, hills and curves. As possible, crews will widen the passable lane, which may still have some snow pack due to low pavement temperatures. In the event of severe snow, cul-de-sacs and dead ends will be plowed after arterial, collector and through residential streets. This ensures that City crews may use their resources most effectively.

Please visit www.kcmo.org/snow to view the GPS snow plow map and other snow-related updates. To receive text and email notifications from the City, please sign up for the City’s Nixle notification system at www.kcmo.org/nixle. Residents may also sign up by texting their ZIP code to “888777.”

Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Sean Demory, public information officer for the Public Works Department, at 913-314-8313.

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