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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 31, 2011
City prepares for winter storm
Residents advised to park off street
In anticipation of severe winter weather that has been forecast to move into the Kansas City area tonight, Monday, Jan. 31, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Emergency Operations Center and crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are prepared to respond.
Based on forecasts with possible snow totals reaching 10 or more inches, the public is being advised that they should expect Phases I and II of the Snow Ordinance to be implemented during this weather storm. Therefore, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to locate alternate parking locations or face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed during the winter storm. Vehicles without adequate tire tread may also be ticketed should they impede traffic flow on a major thoroughfare.
In residential areas, 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, dead end and narrow streets. When on-street parking obstructs the ability of a snow plow to safely proceed, it is possible that the street will be skipped.
Crews assigned to arterial and primary snow routes will work around the clock in 12 hour shifts throughout the winter storm. Crews assigned to residential snow routes have been advised to report for duty early Tuesday morning and anticipate extended plowing operations on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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.
Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are advised that when crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after all snow routes have been run does the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets. Given the weather forecast, it is anticipated that this will be at least 36 hours after snow has stopped falling.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.