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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 19, 2011
City crews responding to snowy weather
Phase I and II of Snow Ordinance in effect
City of Kansas City, Mo., crews assigned to arterial, primary and residential streets are in the field and responding to winter weather that has moved into the Kansas City area today.
City crews treated many streets in advance of the snow in an effort to prevent snow from bonding to the street surface.
Crews assigned to arterial and primary snow routes will work around the clock in 12 hour shifts. Crews assigned to residential snow routes will work until 10 p.m. tonight and resume running routes at 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
"As we anticipate another winter storm, our fleet of more than 250 snow plows is ready to go,” said Mayor Mark Funkhouser. “I encourage residents to park off the street this evening so that City crews can do their best to keep our streets clear, and as safe as possible."
Phase I and Phase II of the City’s Snow Ordinance went into effect at 3:00 p.m. today. Therefore, residents parking on assigned Emergency Snow Routes must find alternate parking locations or face the possibility of vehicles being ticketed or towed. Vehicles without adequate tire tread may also be ticketed should they impede traffic flow on a major thoroughfare.
Whenever snow is expected to 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.
The City's Snow and Ice Plan calls for the City's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Water Services departments to collaborate on removing snow and ice from approximately 2,400 lane-miles of primary and arterial routes and applying salt as needed. On primary and arterial streets, crews plow curb-to-curb and work around the clock.
Crews assigned to residential routes typically plow during daytime hours and work to provide a passable lane. Crews assigned to residential streets apply salt on intersections, hills and curves and plow snow as needed on more than 2,000 centerline-miles of residential routes.
Residents wanting to report slick spots or missed streets are advised to hold off on calling the 3-1-1 City Action Center until Thursday evening to allow City crews ample time to clear streets.
Media inquiries about ice and snow removal should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, 816-513-2659.