Top three questions about snow removal

Top three questions about snow removal
Posted on 11/10/2021

When the snow falls, it's important to know these three things.

Is there anything I can do to help the streets get cleared more efficiently?

Always park your car in your driveway or garage — not in the street— when a snow event is forecast, and remove portable structures like basketball goals. Obstacles in the road slow down snow removal and can leave hard piles of frozen snow behind. If your curb is especially difficult to see in deep or drifting snow, place a survey flag behind the back of the curb to help our drivers avoid sod damage. Stay home and give crews time and space to clear the roads.

When will my street be cleared?

In every snow event, major streets with high traffic volumes get cleared first to enable safe access for emergency services. Then crews plow neighborhood streets. Every storm is different. Temperatures before and after the storm, the depth and heaviness of the snow, wind and equipment all impact the amount of time it takes to clear our roads. You can keep up with our progress at and our social media accounts. Our goal is to clear city streets within 48 hours of the end of a storm. If your street still hasn’t been treated by then, call 913.477.7880.

How can I keep snow from blocking my driveway?

It’s frustrating to find a big pile of snow—called a windrow — at the end of your driveway, but they’re an unavoidable part of the snow removal process. Fortunately, there’s an easy trick to reduce their size before the plow passes. Shovel an inlet on the right side of your driveway (facing the house) and pile the removed snow on the left. This allows much of the windrow to be pushed into the inlet. If you don’t make it out before the plow passes, be sure to clear the windrow quickly before the snow refreezes and is difficult to shovel.

Published Nov. 10, 2021