FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2009
City crews preparing for overnight snowstorm
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are preparing for a snowstorm forecast to move into the Kansas City area this evening.
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 begin plowing operations in residential areas early Saturday morning.
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. In addition to plowing, crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and slick areas.
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 maintain a passable driving lane on more than 1,500 miles of residential routes.
Citizens 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.