Lee's Summit Snow Crews Prepared for Winter Storm
February 20, 2013
With the snow removal equipment and technology tested and the snow plow operators familiarized with their routes, the City’s snow removal crews are ready for the winter weather storm forecast to begin Thursday, Feb. 21.
An important technology that will be used is an Automatic Vehicle Locating (AVL) system. With this system managers can monitor snow removal efforts in “real time.” An AVL device has been attached to all snow removal vehicles which will track the time and location of vehicles. The device can also detect if the snow plow blade is up or down and if salt is being dispersed. The AVL device transmits this information to managers at the snow desk who monitor the progress of snow removal efforts and make adjustments as needed.
The City’s snow removal crews will also use a salt and a salt brine mixture during their snow removal efforts. Salt brine is used on the main arterials and collectors in advance of a pending snow storm. This application prevents the ice from bonding with the road surface allowing for more effective plowing.
During winter storms, the City’s crews work 12 hour, rotating shifts around the clock until the snowfall has ended and all public streets are plowed. The process is governed by the Snow Plan, which is made up of five levels. Depending on the intensity of the storm, Level 5 is executed under the most severe winter storms and calls for resources from other departments of the City.
As with all snow events, the City will continue to monitor the weather and adjust snow removal operations as needed.
You may call the Snow Desk at (816) 969-1870 to report problems. Normal business hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. During winter storm events, the Snow Desk
operates 24 hours a day.
A snowfall of 1"-6" is a Level 3 event (out of five levels) which means
residents should expect all streets to have been plowed and treated
within 32.5 hours of precipitation ending. Should areas of Lee's Summit
receive between 6"-10" of snow, the goal is 40 hours. The goal for 1"
or less is 24 hours. The complete 2012-2013 snow emergency plan can be
found here: http://cityofls.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=LC%2bi4ZaAwF4%3d&tabid=1188
A map of street designations can be found at: http://cityofls.net/Public-Works/Snow-and-ice-Removal.aspx