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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356


City crews responding to latest winter weather

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department and crews from the Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments are jointly responding to the city’s latest winter storm. Crews are plowing snow on major thoroughfares, but are using salt only in extreme situations due to concerns about refreezing.

Motorists are advised to use caution in residential areas because many residential streets have ice below the snow that began falling Jan. 2. The fresh snow should provide motorists with better traction than the ice that bonded to the pavement during the previous winter storms that began Dec. 24, 2009.

Because plowing the fresh snow would expose the bonded ice, residential areas will not be plowed on Sunday, Jan. 3. However, with the weather forecast calling for several days of temperatures below the level at which salt would be effective, beginning Monday, Jan. 4, crews will begin applying sand to many residential streets. City crews do not typically use sand because it can hold moisture that creates clumps of sand and ice that clog machinery. Crews will attempt to reduce moisture by drying sand in hotboxes that are usually used to keep asphalt hot.

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.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., 3-1-1 Action Center (a division of the City Manager's Office), was open Jan. 3 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. to take calls from residents and advise callers of the plan to apply sand to residential streets beginning Jan. 4. Callers can contact the 3-1-1 Action Center by dialing 311 or 513-1313. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Requests for service also can be submitted online at

Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.


City News Releases - 2010

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