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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 20, 2011

City crews continue to respond to winter storm

City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets continue to respond to a winter storm that left six to nine inches of snow across the Kansas City metro.

While City crews treated many streets in advance of the storm, extreme pavement temperatures limit the ability of chemical treatments to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement.

Crews assigned to arterial and primary snow routes will work around the clock in 12 hour shifts until primary and arterial streets are clear.

Crews assigned to residential snow routes worked until 10 p.m. yesterday evening and returned to routes at 6 a.m. this morning. They will work until 6 p.m. tonight and return to routes again on Friday morning to widen out the passable lanes in neighborhoods.

"Yesterday evening’s storm put forth a tremendous challenge for the City’s snow operations,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “We have seen significant progress clearing arterial and primary streets and are confident crews will be able to make residential streets more passable as the day progresses."

The City's Snow and Ice Plan is based on providing motorists a passable lane that allows them to make their way to primary and arterial streets. Passable lanes in residential areas may have some snow-pack. Primary and arterial streets are plowed from curb-to-curb with the goal of providing clean pavement for cross-town travel.

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 primary and arterial routes and applying salt as needed.

Public Works crews assigned to residential routes typically plow during daytime hours applying salt on intersections, hills and curves and plowing snow as needed on more than 2,000 centerline-miles of residential routes.

Phase I and Phase II of the City’s Snow Ordinance remain in effect. As a result, vehicles parked on signed Emergency Snow Routes face the possibility being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread may also be ticketed should they impede traffic flow on a major thoroughfare.

For today, all residential streets are assumed to be in need of treatment and residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are asked to hold off on calling the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center until at least Friday afternoon. This will allow City crews time to create passable lanes on residential streets.

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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