Snow Removal
Snow Removal

Public Works Department
Snow Response -- current information on snow removal
Priority Street Map - Snow Removal
Tips for helping snow removal operations
Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the snow removal program? - Call the Public Works Snow Operations Line: (913) 742-6097.

Snow Removal Mission Statement
    Our Mission is to provide a safe transportation network throughout the City of Shawnee that offers sufficient mobility. It is our objective to clear priority streets and to keep local streets passable. Minimizing cost is a primary concern.

The Public Works Department applies this Mission Statement by removing snow and ice and/or applying deicing materials on over 780 lane miles of public streets. Our Snow Removal Operation utilizes 21 snowplow vehicles and a cooperative effort of nearly 70 employees from the Public Works, Development Services, Parks, Fire, and Police Departments. Drivers are assigned to one of two 12-hour shifts to provide 24-hour service. The shifts continue until all public streets have been plowed and/or treated with deicer materials as needed to meet our program guidelines. The Public Works Department strives to accomplish our program requirements on every public street within 24 hours after a winter storm has ended.

Our Snow Removal Operations Plan divides our City streets into three arterial routes and eighteen districts.

Arterial/Priority Street Routes – All drivers begin work on these routes at the start of a storm and repeatedly apply deicer materials and plow as necessary throughout the storm to meet the treatment and plowing guidelines stated below. Map of Arterial and Priority Streets.

Districts/Local Street Routes – Each district includes low volume/residential streets. These roads are plowed/treated by the district drivers after priority streets have been done. Anti-skid and/or deicer materials will be applied to these streets as required to achieve program goals.

Throughout the storm, designated locations (steep hills, major intersections and bridges) are closely monitored and treated when needed.

Every winter storm is unique and the response time for each storm is influenced by many factors, such as: type and amount of precipitation, temperature, wind, duration of the storm, future weather forecast, time of day, etc.

Treatment & Plowing Procedure Guidelines
Snow response is always influenced by many factors including current temperature, wind, duration of storm, forecasted temperatures, time of day, and future storm predictions. As a general policy, the following procedures are followed for snow accumulations:

All snow and ice accumulationsTreatment for ice starting on primary streets followed by residential streets.
1" - 2" of snowPlow primary streets edge of pavement to edge of pavement. Residential street are not plowed, but will be treated for ice.
2" - 4" of snowPlow primary streets edge of pavement to edge of pavement. Residential streets will receive one plow pass in each direction.
4" or more of snowPlow primary streets edge of pavement to edge of pavement. Residential streets will first receive one plow pass in each direction. Once one plow pass has been completed on all residential streets, edge of pavement to edge of pavement residential plowing will begin.

Plowing Guidelines

Arterial/Priority Streets

Local Streets less than 2”

Local Streets 2" - 4”

Local Streets greater than 4”

Customer Service

    It is most effective for drivers to follow their assigned routes when addressing slick conditions resulting from a winter storm.

    To report a slick street that was missed by a driver that has completed their assigned route, please call the Public Works Snow Operations Line at (913) 742-6097, or you may submit an online Citizen Service Request. Messages left on the Public Works Snow Operations Line after hours and on weekends are checked frequently during the 24-hour period following the end of a winter storm. Individual issues will be handled as resources are available after planned routes are completed.

    If you are experiencing an emergency during a winter storm, please call 9-1-1.

Tips for helping snow removal operations:
    1. Please do not park vehicles on the streets. Park your vehicles in the driveway and don’t allow vehicles to extend into the roadway. When vehicles are parked on narrow streets, on hills or on both sides of the street, the City may not be able to clear snow from the street.
    2. Please place basketball goals, hockey goals, skateboard ramps or other structures at least 10 feet back from the street to allow for proper snow removal. The City is not responsible for damage which may occur to these items if left in the street or right-of -way.
    3. Be alert and drive with caution. Remember that winter storms create slick road conditions. Maintain safe distances between vehicles and decrease your normal driving speeds to allow for additional time to stop.
    4. Expect some delays. Allow plenty of extra driving time for planned trips, errands and appointments. On average, it can take 12 hours after the end of a storm to complete a first pass on residential streets. This can be much longer for heavy snowfalls or ice accumulations. Be patient.
    5. Stay back at least 50’ from the rear of plow trucks so the rock salt they spread will not hit your vehicle.
    6. Children are attracted to snowplow trucks. Teach your children to stay away from the street when they see the trucks coming.
    7. Some trucks are capable of plowing multiple lanes of snow at one time with wing plows. Avoid passing or driving beside plow trucks - especially to their right (passenger) side.
    8. When shoveling your driveway, do not place the snow from your driveway back into the street.
    9. If you have tree limbs that hang over the roadway, please help us avoid damage to our trucks and allow for complete snow removal by trimming them back.

Friendly Reminder Stickers - There are over 780 miles of public street for crews to plow when it snows. We try to move through the streets as quickly as possible, but some of the things that can really slow a plow truck down include basketball goals in the street and parked vehicles. This year crews will help remind residents by placing removable stickers on basketball goals and cars parked in the street during a pre-season review of their snow routes.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Why do the City snow plows push snow into my driveway and who is responsible for clearing it?
    Because of normal snow plowing operations, snow may be placed in your driveway unavoidably. Plows are angled to the right for plowing from the centerline of the street to the curb. These are often referred to as windrows. For this reason, a certain amount of snow will be deposited in driveways. Snow placed in driveways or on sidewalks by the City while snow plowing is the residents and owners responsibility to remove.

    I just shoveled my sidewalk. Why did the City snow plow push snow on it?
    Some areas of the City have narrow public right of way. When plowing, the snow may end up on the sidewalk you just shoveled. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you.

    When does my sidewalk need to be cleared and whose responsibility is it?
    The owner and/or the occupant of the property adjacent to the public sidewalk is required to remove snow or ice from the sidewalk within 48 hours after the ice or snow stops coming down. Sand or other approved abrasives can be used over ice, as long as the slipping hazard is eliminated.

    How do I report damage to my property done by City’s snow removal activities?
    Please call the Public Works Department snow hotline at (913) 742-6097 or complete a Citizen Service Request form.