News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2013
City crews to plow streets over weekend
311 Call Center open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The City of Kansas City, Mo., snow crews will continue running primary and arterial routes overnight to ensure that these roads are adequately cleared. Snow crews will suspend residential routes tonight at 7 p.m. and resume tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 a.m.
Currently, 100 percent of primary and arterial routes have been run and 75 percent of residential routes have had at least one pass. Residential crews will complete the remaining routes and then re-run routes with slick spots tomorrow. Arterial crews will assist where feasible.
In addition, the City’s 311 Call Center will be open Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents may report missed spots to the 311 Call Center by calling 311 or 816-513-1313 or online at www.kcmo.org/311.
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.
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.
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.
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- 935-7487.