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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 11, 2012

City crews prepared to respond to winter weather

City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are prepared to respond to the winter weather that is forecast to move through the Kansas City area this evening and overnight.

Crews have split into two 12-hour shifts in order to provide around the clock coverage on primary and arterial routes.

As the current forecast calls for light overnight snowfall without significant accumulation in the City, it is not anticipated that crews assigned to residential snow routes will need to report for snow operations the morning of Thursday, Jan. 12. Should the storm track shift and result in significant snowfall, crews will be instructed to report for duty.

Whenever it snows, residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets to the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center are advised that while crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after snow has stopped falling and all snow routes have been run does the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets.

During severe winter weather events, residents interested in updates on the City’s snow removal activity should visit www.kcmo.org or tune into cable television channel 2.

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

Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, City Communications Office, at 816-513-2659.

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