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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 23, 2010

City crews preparing to respond to winter weather

City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are preparing to respond to the winter weather that has been forecast to move into the Kansas City area overnight.

For the past few days, City crews have been treating many City streets with a brine solution in an effort to prevent the anticipated snow from bonding to the street surface.

Beginning Friday morning, City crews will be operating under Phase II for snow operations. Crews assigned to snow routes on arterial, primary and residential streets will be in position to begin plowing operations early Friday morning.

“I have been working with the City Manager and the Public Works Department. We've made a lot of changes based on last year's experience," said Mayor Mark Funkhouser." Using performance measures, we took the right steps. I am confident we will see better results this year."

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 plow during daytime hours 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.

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

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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