Snow & Ice Control Updates

City’s Crews Plowing Residential Streets

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City crews have completed plowing all primary and secondary streets, and will continue plowing residential streets throughout the day Wed., Feb. 20, and overnight into Thurs., Feb. 21. The goal is to be complete by 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 21. Some snow may continue to be packed to streets as temperatures drop below freezing overnight, but warmer temperatures Thursday will continue to help with melting.

City’s Crews Scheduled to Work Tues., Feb. 19 – Fri., Feb. 22

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City crews are scheduled to plow and treat streets in 12-hour rotating shifts from Tues., Feb. 19, through Fri., Feb. 22, as another round of snow and freezing drizzle moves through the area. Streets are expected to become slick after snow begins Tuesday as pavement temperatures fall below freezing, and they will remain slick through the Wednesday morning commute. Use caution if traveling during this timeframe.

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Snow & Ice Control Information

Public Works is responsible for snow removal on public streets. The department monitors weather forecasts closely to schedule crews in advance of winter weather to ensure the highest possible level of response for safe travel during the event.

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

Snow Routes  Snow Control Brochure 

City 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

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, Public Works 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 the driveway will lessen the amount of snow left at the driveway entrance and/or sidewalks during plowing.