News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 3, 2011
City crews widening passable lanes on streets
Phase I and II of Snow Ordinance to be lifted at 5 p.m.
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews made considerable progress overnight and early today clearing arterial, primary and residential streets as they continue to respond to the recent blizzard that struck the Kansas City metro. Today snow removal crews will focus on widening out passable lanes in an effort to help vehicles move about the City with greater ease.
The process of widening passable lanes will push snow in front of driveways. This is an unavoidable side effect of snowplow activity. With more than 150,000 driveways and 6,400 lane miles of pavement in the City, it is not possible for snow removal crews to return to clear individual driveways.
Due to extreme cold, streets will continue to experience a thin layer of snowpack that has bonded to the street. To minimize the snowpack and/or enhance vehicle traction, crews will also apply sand or salt in areas needing treatment.
“As you travel the city, I ask that residents be patient and cautious,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “City crews have a massive task, removing hundreds of thousands of tons of snow from City streets. They’re working around the clock, and residential streets should be cleared by this evening. If your street isn’t clear by tomorrow morning, or if you encounter slick spots, call 311 and let us know starting Friday morning.”
Phase I and II of the Snow Ordinance will be lifted at 5 p.m. today. Until that time, vehicles parked on signed Emergency Snow Routes still face the possibility being ticketed and then towed.
Beginning Friday morning, residents wanting to report slick spots or potentially missed streets may contact the City’s 3-1-1 Action Center on line by visiting www.kcmo.org/action or by phone at 311 or 816-513-1313.
The City’s trash and recycling collections are running on a one-day delay due to the storm, similar to the schedule used for holidays. Wednesday collections are being made on Thursday, Thursday collections are being made on Friday and Friday collections will occur on Saturday.
Recycling drop off centers will resume operations on Friday, Feb. 4.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.