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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 20, 2011
City crews make progress clearing streets
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews made considerable progress today clearing arterial, primary and residential streets as they continue to respond to a winter storm that left six to nine inches of snow across the Kansas City metro.
Public Works crews assigned to primary and arterial snow routes will continue to clear routes throughout the evening and will begin moving into residential areas overnight as they completed work on primary and arterial routes.
Drivers assigned to daytime residential snow routes will plow until 6 p.m. this evening and return to routes at 6 a.m. Friday morning. It is anticipated that by noon Friday, residential snow route operations will have ended and crews will be available to respond to slick calls into the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center.
"My office has received many positive comments about the City's efforts to clear the streets following this storm, which dumped six to nine inches of snow on the city in a short time," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. "I commend our City crews, many of whom worked overnight to make it easier for Kansas Citians to get to work Thursday morning. I encourage residents to let us know about areas where we fell short, so we can get the job done."
Phase I and Phase II of the City’s Snow Ordinance will remain in effect until noon tomorrow. As a result, vehicles parked on signed Emergency Snow Routes still face the possibility being ticketed or towed.
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.
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 noon Friday afternoon.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.