News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 8, 2011
City crews prepared to respond to winter weather
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets have been preparing to respond to the winter weather that is forecast to move through the Kansas City area this afternoon and overnight.
For the past few days, City crews have been treating many City streets and bridges with a brine solution in an effort to prevent the anticipated snow and precipitation from bonding to the street surface.
As the current forecast calls for very light overnight snowfall without significant accumulation in the City, a small number of crews will be on standby to salt arterial and primary streets, if needed. It is not anticipated that crews assigned to residential snow routes will need to report for snow operations the morning of Friday, Dec. 9. Should the storm track shift and result in significant snowfall, crews will be instructed to report for duty.
Whenever it snows, residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets to the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center are advised that while crews are running assigned snow routes, it is assumed that all streets are slick. Only after snow has stopped falling and all snow routes have been run does the City’s 3-1-1 Call Center accept requests for slick spots and missed streets.
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 snow plan prioritizes plowing into two types of snow routes: primary and 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.
Whenever snow depths exceed a couple of inches, 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. Residents parking on signed Emergency Snow Routes should be prepared to find alternate parking locations to avoid vehicles being ticketed or towed.
In residential areas, motorists are asked to park vehicles off-street if possible. If a vehicle 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.
When on-street parking obstructs the ability of a snow plow to safely proceed, it is possible that the street will be skipped.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.