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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2010

City crews prepared to respond to winter storm

City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are prepared to respond to winter weather that is expected to move into the Kansas City area overnight.

Weather forecasts will continue to be monitored in an effort to have crews assigned to arterial and primary streets in place when snow begins to accumulate. The City's Snow and Ice Plan calls for keeping primary and arterial streets open for traffic. On primary and arterial streets, crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock to remove snow and apply salt.

In the event of significant snowfall, crews assigned to residential streets will be called to report for duty early Saturday, morning. On residential streets, the City’s Snow and Ice Plan calls for providing a passable lane. Crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and curves and plow snow as needed.

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.

Phase I of a winter storm watch will be issued when the streets are slick. During this time, drivers who do not have snow rated tires on their cars will be ticketed if they get stuck on a major thoroughfare.

In Phase II of a winter storm, cars parked on designated snow routes will be ticketed two hours after the phase is implemented.

The City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments collaborate to remove snow and ice from approximately 900 miles of primary and arterial routes and apply salt and plow as needed on more than 1,800 miles of residential routes.

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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