News from City Hall
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Brady Pollington, (816) 513-3508
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 30, 2009
Mayor Mark Funkhouser discusses snow removal efforts
At a news conference Dec. 30, City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser addressed the progress of the City’s snow and ice removal efforts. The news conference was held at 3 p.m. at the City’s Municipal Service Center, 5300 Municipal Ave.
Funkhouser outlined the course of action the City will take to ensure that streets are clear and citizens are safe.
“I will be the first to admit that the City has not paid enough attention to this issue, but we will improve,” Funkhouser said. “Our budget has been crippled by these most recent winter storms, and our City workers have been stretched thin. These are issues that we will address in our upcoming budget.”
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. On residential streets, the plan calls for providing a passable lane. A passable lane does not require exposed pavement. In addition to plowing, crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and slick areas.
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 maintain a passable driving lane on more than 1,800 miles of residential routes.
“Behind me are some of the most dedicated City employees that we have. These men and women have been working around the clock to ensure that City streets are safe to travel,” Funkhouser said. “These employees didn’t spend Christmas with their families; they spent it plowing and salting the roads. For that sacrifice alone, I say thank you.”
Funkhouser said the City is doing everything possible to tackle snow and ice removal with the available resources. “It will not be fast, and it will not happen over night, but I ask that Kansas City residents have patience and confidence in us to get the job done,” Funkhouser said. "It is important to note that City crews have more than 6,000 lane miles to clear, which is the equivalent of driving from New York to Los Angeles and back."
Media inquires about Mayor Mark Funkhouser’s news conference should be directed to Brady Pollington in the Mayor’s Office at (816) 513-3508 or Brady_Pollington@kcmo.org.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.