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City of Kansas City, Mo.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 31, 2014

City crews prepared for overnight snow

The National Weather Service is forecasting one to three inches of snow in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with heaviest snowfall occurring overnight tonight, Friday, Jan. 31.

City of Kansas City, Mo., snow crews pre-treated streets on Wednesday, Jan. 29 afternoon and Friday, Jan. 31 in preparation for the snow.

City crews assigned to primary/arterial routes have split into two 12-hour shifts to provide around the clock coverage beginning tonight at 10 p.m. Crews on residential snow routes will deploy their routes on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. and will work 12-hour shifts during the day until zones are clear.

The City has approximately 6,400 lane miles of pavement in its street system. To keep traffic moving throughout the City during a winter weather event, the snow plan prioritizes plowing into two types of snow routes: primary/arterial routes and residential routes.

On primary and arterial routes, 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 pavement and apply salt as needed. These crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.

On residential snow routes, City crews using smaller trucks work 12-hour shifts during daytime hours to provide a passable lane by plowing and applying salt on intersections, hills and curves. As possible, crews will widen the passable lane, which may still have some snow pack due to low pavement temperatures.In the event of severe snow, cul-de-sacs and dead ends will be plowed after arterial, collector and through residential streets. This ensures that City crews may use their resources most effectively.

When snow depths 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. If a vehicle must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested:

–On streets that run north/south, park vehicles on the west side of the street.

–On streets that run east/west, park vehicles on the north side of the street.

Residents parking on signed Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to find alternate parking locations to avoid vehicles being ticketed or towed.

Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets to the City’s 311 Call Center should wait until the next business day after snow has stopped falling. While crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after snow has stopped falling and all snow routes have been run does the City’s 311 Call Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets.

Please visit www.kcmo.org/snow to view the GPS snow plow map and other snow-related updates. Please review the City’s snow safety tips to help prepare: http://kcmo.org/CKCMO/NewsArchives/120413B.

To receive text and email notifications from the City, please sign up for the City’s Nixle notification system at www.kcmo.org/nixle. Residents may also sign up by texting their ZIP code to “888777.”

For media inquiries about the City’s snow removal, please contact Sean Demory, public information officer for the Public Works Department, at 816-513-0059 or 913-314-3813 (cell).

    
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