KCMO, KCK responding to calls about missed streets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thursday night, public works crews on both sides of the state line responded to complaints about missed streets and slick spots. But crews in both Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., said residents shouldn't expect the snow to be completely gone.

Unless there are major snow storms back-to-back, public works crews usually wait for the snow to melt before they figure out how to get rid of it. With cold temperatures expected to keep the Kansas City area on ice until next week, residents can expect to see snow packed along the roads for a while.

When big snow storms hit, public works crews can sometimes get a bad rap from residents waiting for their streets to be cleared. Mike Tobin, the Deputy Director of Public Works in Kansas City, Kan., said the city has 55 plow trucks to clear 35 primary routes, 55 secondary routes and 145 neighborhood routes.

"It wouldn't do any good to open up the neighborhoods first because they wouldn't have anywhere to go. You've got to get the primary and secondary streets open so that they can get out," he said.

Tobin said the KCK public works crews tackled roughly 1,200 lane miles of residential streets in 36 hours. He said it was the fastest they've been able to clear the roads yet.

In smaller cities like Westwood, where the city has about 25 lane miles to clear, residents barely felt the aftermath of the storm.

"There are three public works workers that man three snow plows and they pretty much worked through the night on Tuesday night into Wednesday and pretty much had it wrapped up by Wednesday morning," Fred Sherman said, the  city clerk of Westwood.

In Kansas City, Mo., the crews are coming to the end of plowing about 6,800 lane miles in the city. According to Public Works Director Sean Demory, it's like plowing one lane of snow from Kansas City to Tokyo. 

And while roads may be drivable, Demory said residents may have a different understanding of what it means to clear streets.  He said residents shouldn't expect to see the pavement

"If you wanted to see concrete we'd need a whole lot more trucks on the ground and you wouldn't see as much done," he said.

If you would like to report a slick spot or a missed road you can email snowcomplaints@wycokck.org if you live in Kansas City, Kan. If you live in Kansas City, Mo., call 311.

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