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Snow Control FAQs & Tips

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The City's crews plow and treat more than 1,000 lane miles of streets and cul-de-sacs in Lee's Summit.

Snow Control Response Levels

Lee’s Summit has established snow control goals which include a completion time for each level of response. The goal time starts when accumulating winter precipitation ends and is dependent upon the severity of winter weather conditions.

Level 1: pre-treatment
Level 2: one inch or less; 24 hours
Level 3: one to six inches; 32.5 hours and six to ten inches; 40 hours
Level 4: more than ten inches; 48 hours
Level 5: sustained winds of 30 MPH; 48 hours

Street Classifications

Three street classifications are used for snow control. Primary and secondary roads are the main priority when the snowfall begins. Residential streets are plowed last.

Primary: major four-lane or high volume two-lane streets

Secondary: minor thoroughfares

Residential: local streets, includes dead end streets and cul-de-sacs

Residential Streets

When snow is falling or when heavy snowfall is predicted, the Public Works Department plows one pass on residential streets and around cul-se-sacs which allows for a drive lane down the center of the street. Once snowfall stops or one pass is complete, crews will return and plow streets open as much as attainable. 

Private Streets, Driveways, and Sidewalks

Plowing snow on private property is the property owner’s responsibility. Shoveling snow to the side of your driveway will lessen the amount of snow left at your driveway entrance and/or sidewalks during plowing.



When does snow plowing begin?

Crews are scheduled to report before the winter storm arrives. In many cases, crews are pre-treating ahead of the storm. Crews work on a 12 -hour rotating shift until all streets are plowed and treated.

When will my street be plowed?

The Public Works Department uses a time-based goal for snow control. The goal is to have all streets plowed and treated once precipitation ends within the timeframe, which is determined by the severity of the winter weather and can range from 24-48 hours.

Can emergency vehicles access roads safely when responding to an emergency?

Plow trucks are dispatched along with emergency equipment to assist during fire or police emergencies, as necessary.

Does the City have a law requiring sidewalks to be cleared?

No. However, property owners are encouraged to clear snow from sidewalks for everyone’s safety. 

If I call the Snow Desk, will a snow plow come down my street sooner?

The Snow Plan has a scheduled route system. Snow plows are only redirected to assist police and fire emergencies; they are not otherwise pulled off of their established routes.

What does the City use to treat the streets?

Salt brine is an anti-icing, saltwater solution used to prevent winter precipitation from bonding to the pavement. Rock salt is used as an anti-icing material and also as a de-icing material. Calcium chloride mixed with rock salt is used when temperatures drop into the teens. Most materials are ineffective below 5 °F.

What can I do if my mailbox or yard is damaged by snow plows?

Mailboxes are sometimes damaged during snow control operations when there is wet and heavy snow rolling off the plow onto the right-of-way. Trucks also occasionally scrape sod near the curb line because it is difficult to distinguish between a curb and road during heavy snowfalls. Oftentimes the snow plow driver reports the damage; however, citizens can report damage to the Snow Desk. 

Why is my street still covered with snow after a City truck plowed it?

Snow packed onto the roadway becomes difficult to remove especially on residential streets. Lee’s Summit does not have a bare pavement policy. 

Tips to Remember

  • -Remove vehicles, basketball goals, and trashcans from streets to prevent delays and to improve the snow control process.
  • -Clear snow from around fire hydrants so they can be easily located during emergencies
  • -Do not make snow tunnels on or near the street and driveways. Snow plows and other drivers may not see these and could accidently injure someone playing inside of them.