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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 21, 2011
City crews continue cleanup, anticipate Saturday storm
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are in the final stages of cleaning up Wednesday’s snow storm while anticipating a new storm that is forecast to move into the area Saturday evening.
Crews assigned to monitor bridges and overpasses will check them during the early morning hours on Saturday. Crews assigned to arterial and primary snow routes will be in place and ready to work around the clock in 12-hour shifts starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. Crews assigned to residential snow routes have been advised to be ready to begin residential plowing at 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Jan 23.
"As we clean up after one storm, another approaches,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “By most accounts, the changes in our snow response made since last winter have been effective. But I know we can do better, and this coming storm will give our hard working crews another chance to perform for our residents."
Residents parking on signed Emergency Snow Routes are advised that when plowing becomes necessary, Phase I and Phase II of the City’s Snow Ordinance will be placed in effect. Therefore, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes must find alternate parking locations or face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread may also be ticketed should they impede traffic flow on a major thoroughfare.
Whenever snow is expected to exceed a couple of inches, residents are advised that parking cars off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets.
The City's Snow and Ice Plan calls for the City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments to collaborate on removing snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane-miles of primary and arterial routes and applying salt as needed. On primary and arterial streets, crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.
Crews assigned to residential routes typically plow during daytime hours and work to provide a passable lane. Crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and curves and plow snow as needed on more than 2,000 centerline-miles of residential routes.
When crews are running assigned residential snow routes, residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are asked to hold off on calling the 3-1-1 City Action Center as all streets are assumed to need treatment during this phase of operations.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.