Topeka snow crews tackle residential neighborhoods

From sidewalks to neighborhood streets, some areas of the city remain blanketed with snow. City crews started tackling residential roads at 7 p.m. Thursday.

It takes Chad Gundrum about 40 minutes to get to and from his job every day.

“It’s tougher to walk when there is no pathway so you have to walk close to the cars,” he said.

Some sidewalks are clear, some partially shoveled and other are knee deep.

“Even some of the businesses aren’t clear,” Gundrum said.

The city’s municipal code requires business and property owners to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm – but the city says it’s not heavily enforcing this rule. Just try to do what you can for people like Gundrum who commute on foot.

Ron Raines with the city’s transportation operations says those who have shoveled driveways and cleared sidewalks might not get a visit from city crews.

“If we go through there now, we will fill all those openings up with snow and ice and it, it’ll be much harder to get out than a regular snowfall,” Raines said.

If you haven’t seen a snow plow in your neighborhood yet but your road is passable, you probably won’t see a plow at all.

“Based on the financial and personnel resources that we have, it becomes almost insurmountable to try to plow every street in this town,” said Raines.

Some residential roads have actually already been plowed. Raines says that’s because they’re so close to secondary roads.

“Sometimes the other subdivisions in the outline area may not get as many roads plowed but that’s usually due to flat terrain and people being able to traverse it,” he said.

Raines has 20 trucks in service – each one will tackle an area of Topeka overnight. He says they’ll drive, check and treat the roads they believe need it until about 7 a.m. Friday.

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