News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2010
City crews preparing to respond to winter storm
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are preparing to respond to the winter weather that is expected to move into the Kansas City area today.
Crews assigned to arterial and primary streets are in position to begin plowing operations when precipitation changes to snow or ice. 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.
Crews assigned to residential streets will begin to plow in residential areas at 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5. On residential streets, the City’s Snow and Ice Plan calls for providing a passable lane. Crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and curves and plow snow as needed.
Residents are advised that parking cars off-street during snow plow operations greatly enhances the ability of snow plows to remove snow, especially in cul-de-sacs and dead end streets.
Phase I of a winter storm watch will be issued when the streets are slick. During this time, drivers who do not have snow rated 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 apply salt and plow as needed on more than 1,800 miles of residential routes.
Residents may call the following numbers for assistance: 3-1-1 City Action Center (a division of the City Manager's Office), 311 or (816) 513-1313; 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.