News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2013
City takes additional precautions for winter storm
The City of Kansas City, Mo., is advising residents that additional precautions have been taken to minimize the impact of the extreme winter weather. To learn additional updates as they become available, along with a GPS snow plow map, please visit www.kcmo.org/snow.
At 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, the City’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated at a level two to monitor the weather event and coordinate activities among City departments providing snow and ice removal and emergency responders from the Police and Fire departments.
While City offices and the Municipal Court will be open for business as scheduled, weather conditions will be monitored and operational hours will be shortened, if needed.
Based on forecasts with possible snow totals reaching up to 10 inches, motorists are advised that they should expect Phases I and II of the Snow Ordinance to be implemented during this winter storm. Therefore, motorists parked on assigned Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to locate alternate parking locations or face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed during the winter storm. Vehicles without adequate tire tread may also be ticketed should they impede traffic flow on a major thoroughfare.
In residential areas, residents are asked to park off-street if possible. If they must park on-street, the following parking practice is being requested:
-On streets that run north/south, please park on the west side of the street.
-On streets that run east/west, please park on the north side of the street.
While this is a voluntary action, should the City need to declare a state of emergency due to extreme snow totals, cars parked on streets that do not comply with this configuration will be subject to ticketing and towing.
The City is also asking that residents minimize travel during this weather event in order to allow snow removal crews and emergency responders greater ability to perform duties.
Parking cars off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs, dead ends and narrow streets. When on-street parking obstructs the ability of a snow plow to safely proceed, it is possible that the street will be skipped.
Crews began applying salt brine on the City’s primary and arterial roads on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the evening. Crews are currently working nonstop to treat the roads and will switch from road treatment to plow operations as snow begins to accumulate overnight. Residential snow operations will begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The City has approximately 6,400 lane miles of pavement in its street system. In order to keep traffic moving throughout the City during a winter weather event, the City’s snow plan prioritizes plowing into two types of snow routes: primary/arterial routes and residential routes.
On primary and arterial routes, the City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments collaborate on removing snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane-miles of pavement and apply salt as needed. On primary and arterial streets, crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.
On residential snow routes, City crews using smaller trucks work 12-hour shifts during daytime hours to provide a passable lane by plowing and applying salt on intersections, hills and curves. As possible, crews will widen the passable lane, which may still have some snow pack due to low pavement temperatures.
Please note, the Missouri Department of Transportation plows highways. Many streets in Kansas City are actually part of the highway system and plowing for them is MoDOT's responsibility. These streets include: Bannister Road, Noland Road, Vivion Road, Antioch Road and part of Independence Avenue. The telephone number for MoDOT is 816-622-6500.
Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are advised that when crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after all snow routes have been run does the City’s 311 Call Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets.
For winter 2012-2013, the City has expanded its GPS capability to capture activity for all City snow plows throughout the City. Please visit www.kcmo.org/snow to view the GPS snow plow map and other snow-related updates.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Sean Demory, public information officer for the Public Works Department, at 816-513-0059.