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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 17, 2007

City crews clearing residential streets

City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department crews are continuing to clear ice from residential streets.

In residential areas, City crews have serviced 1,500 miles of streets in an attempt to keep a passable lane. Crews apply salt to hills and inclines that are prone to be slick. The City does not plow curb-to-curb in residential areas.

Extreme cold, combined with the lower traffic volume on residential streets, has kept the applied salt from melting the ice. Larger Public Works Department vehicles normally assigned to primary and arterial roads are being sent to residential areas where possible, to address the situation.

Residents are asked to be extra cautious when driving. Streets may experience re-freezing as temperatures drop.

Trash, recycling and bulky item collection crews are running their regular routes and residents are asked to place trash on the curb as scheduled. In addition to the one-day trash and recycling pickup delay resulting from the Martin Luther King holiday, some delays may occur due to the icy road conditions.

Residents may call the following numbers for assistance: the City's 3-1-1 Action Center (a division of the City Manager's Office), 311 or (816) 513-1313; and the Missouri Department of Transportation, (816) 622-6500. Requests for removal of tree limbs from the rights-of-way should be directed to the 3-1-1 Action Center.

Residents without electricity should call KCP&L at (816) 471-5275 or (888) LIGHTKC, and Aquila at (800) 303-0357.

    
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