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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2011

Phases I and II of Snow Ordinance in effect

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is notifying motorists that in response to severe winter weather that has moved into the City, phases I and II of the Snow Ordinance were implemented Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 8:15 a.m.

As outlined in the Snow Ordinance, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed two hours after the ordinance is implemented (in this case, 10:15 a.m., Feb. 1). Vehicles without adequate tire tread that get stuck on a major thoroughfare can be ticketed.

In residential areas, motorists are asked to park vehicles off-street if possible. If a vehicle must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested:

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

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

Parking vehicles off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs, dead ends 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.

The City is also asking that residents minimize travel during this weather event in order to allow snow removal crews and emergency responders greater ability to perform duties.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated in order to monitor the weather event and coordinate activities between City departments providing snow and ice removal and emergency responders from the Police and Fire Departments.

While City offices and the Municipal Court are open for business as scheduled, weather conditions will be monitored and operational hours will be shortened, if needed.

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 snow between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. 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 while 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.

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