City changes Snow plan to better serve residents

The City of Topeka is altering its snow plan to prepare for this weekend’s potential snowfall event.  Should they see a snow event  with four or more inches, City street crews will implement the new residential snow plan.

The new plan consists of the following:

  • Clearing and plowing all emergency routes, including fire Station driveway entrances, and around schools and hospitals.
  • Downtown clearing will be done simultaneously.
  • Instead of plowing secondary roadways after emergency/primary routes, crews will begin clearing all residential streets.  Secondary roads are contained within these residential areas, and this action should save crews approximately three days of time, resulting in a quicker clearing of residential streets.
  • Crews will plow all secondary and residential streets using a zone method.
  • Crews will plow curb-to-curb (depending on access availability, i.e. parked cars) to allow for access to mailboxes and two-way travel.

They estimate that this plan can be completed in six days using the City’s current resources.

The City of Topeka is reports residents should make every attempt not to park on the street to allow for snow equipment to plow.  Residents should also prepare to shovel any driveway openings that may become blocked with snow when plows pass through.

The City wants to note that it may take several hours after the snowfall ends for crews to clear your street.  High priority calls, including medical necessity appointments, scheduled transportation pickup, etc., should be called directly in to Street Maintenance at 368-3803.  All other calls or Topeka e311 service requests on problem areas will be received and addressed as soon as possible.

This plan may be adjusted depending on weather, road conditions, and unforeseen circumstances.

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