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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: December 7, 2009

City crews preparing to respond to snow

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

Crews assigned to arterial and primary streets will be in position to begin plowing operations when precipitation changes to snow or ice. Crews assigned to residential streets will plow residential areas as needed.

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. Crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and curves and plow snow as needed.

Phase I of a winter storm watch will be issued when the streets are slick. During this time, drivers who do not have snow 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.

Residents may call the following numbers for assistance: 3-1-1 City Action Center (a division of the City Manager's Office), 311; and the Missouri Department of Transportation, (816) 622-6500. Requests for removal of tree limbs from the rights-of-way should be directed to the 3-1-1 City Action Center.

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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