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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 11, 2011

City crews make progress with storm cleanup

City of Kansas City, Mo. crews assigned to snow operations have made significant progress on storm cleanup despite the extreme temperatures.

While primary and arterial streets are considered in good condition, motorists should still use caution as extreme cold could result in isolated refreezing. The City’s residential streets have also been improved. Crews with heavier equipment normally used on primary and arterial streets will be dispatched into residential areas Wednesday morning to treat residential streets with sand and salt.

"I want to thank our City crews for some really hard work and long hours under really difficult conditions," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "The results speak for themselves. We've received many positive comments about how quickly the streets were cleared. No plan is perfect, and we still have some work to do in the neighborhoods, but putting GPS made it easier to get trucks where we needed them quickly."

Crews from Public Works assigned to primary and arterial streets will continue 24-hour snow operations through the night.

Phase I and II of the City snow ordinance will remain in effect until 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Phase I of a winter storm watch is issued when the streets are slick. During this time, drivers will be ticketed if they get stuck on a major thoroughfare and block traffic.

During Phase II of a winter storm, cars parked on designated snow routes will be ticketed two hours after the phase is implemented.

The City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments collaborate to remove snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane miles of arterial street roadways and 2,000 center lane miles of residential streets.

Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are asked to hold off on calling the 3-1-1 City Action Center until Wednesday morning.

At this time, residents may call the following numbers for assistance: 3-1-1 City Action Center, 311 or 816-513-1313; and the Missouri Department of Transportation, 816-622-6500.

Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.

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