Lee’s Summit Improved Snow Clearance and New Technology
The City of Lee’s Summit has changed the designation of 3 previously defined “residential” streets to “secondary” routes (i.e., Bridlewood Drive, Winterpark Blvd, and Forest Park Blvd). This will reduce the clearance time from 32.5 hours after precipitation ends to 10.5 hours on these important connectors between 3rd Street and Longview Drive. The city will also implement its AVL (automatic vehicle locator) system so that snow equipment can be tracked to ensure no route is missed.
Similar to the successful 2010-2011 winter season, Lee’s Summit will continue its single-pass policy for residential streets. In this set-up, city crews will clear a lane in residential streets while also clearing primary and secondary routes. There still may be snow between your driveway and the street but you can get out onto the main roads sooner. Before 2010, city crews would clear primary and secondary routes “curb to curb” before clearing residential streets. The goal for 2011-2012 is to have primary routes cleared in 4.5 hours, secondary routes cleared in 10.5 hours and residential routes cleared in 32.5 hours after precipitation ends. To find the classification of streets on your commute, please see the maps here: http://cityofls.net/Transportation/Street-Programs-and-Maintenance/Snow-and-Ice-Removal.aspx
Similar to last year, the city will have 28 pieces of equipment responding to category 1-3 snow events and 37 pieces of equipment responding to category 4 and 5 snow events (above link describes categories). The city covers 981 lane miles and 998 cul-de-sacs.
Should you have questions during or immediately after a snow event, please call the snow desk at 816-969-1870.
Councilmembers Brian Whitley & Allan Gray