Salt and Plowing Operations
Regular salting will start as soon as possible after onset of storm and will continue until the City"s snow routes are treated. Depending on the depth of the accumulation of snow, it is sometimes necessary to plow and salt at the same time to allow the salt to reach the pavement surface.
Calcium chloride is applied when the pavement temperature falls below 20 degrees.
Street plowing commences when the snow is three inches or more deep or a heavy slush condition develops. All streets are cleaned from curb to curb if the accumulated snow fall amount is less than six inches. If the snow fall exceeds this amount, then the streets will be cleared one plow width in each direction.
Street Cleaning Priorities
Snow plow crews will clear designated snow routes first, streets with several continuous blocks second, short street segments third, and cul-de-sacs and dead end streets last. The only deviation from these priorities is at the request of the Public Safety Department to assist in providing emergency access or support. In the event heavy, continuing snowfall prevents adequate cleaning of streets, operations will be restricted to the established emergency snow routes.
Information You Need to Know
The city does not salt or plow private property and will not remove snow deposited along driveways and in front of mailboxes by snow plows. Snow removal from parking lots, driveways and sidewalks is the property owner"s responsibility Shovel snow to the yard/grassed areas, not the public roadway. Please keep in mind that City code prohibits the placing of snow from private property onto public streets.
Emergency calls from the Department of Public Safety on accidents or medical emergencies are given top priority. Citizens with a true emergency should call 911 to report the emergency. If street cleaning help is needed, they will inform the Street Division.
Travel Advisory - Means driving conditions may be hazardous due to snowfall and wind.
Blizzard Warning - Means snow with winds greater than 35 mph and visibility of one-quarter mile or less is expected.
Winter storm warning - Means a heavy snowfall of 4 to 6 inches during the next 12 hours.
For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 816-436-5442, or click here.
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