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Crews continue 24/7 snow operations with large trucks focused on main roadways (arterials and collector streets) and smaller trucks moving into residential areas. Road conditions are slick and drivers can expect windrows (piled snow) at intersections. This is unavoidable given the amount of snow accumulation.
“Because of the volume of wet, heavy snow, our progress isn’t as quick as usual,” said Public Works Director Ron Norris. “Our vehicles have been running non-stop, and we have a few plows down as a result. We’ll move larger trucks into neighborhoods as soon as possible. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our residents,” Norris said.
Residents are asked to move vehicles off of streets and into driveways when possible. Clearing efforts can be hampered by cars parked along streets because they decrease the width a plow needs to safely maneuver. Even as snowfall tapers off, residents are asked to remain indoors and off the slick roadways.
Parents are asked to keep children out of drifts and piles along the roadways. As plows move along streets, it is often difficult to distinguish between a pile and a fort. Please keep children safe and out of the way of active plowing operations.
Current City of Olathe closings or delays include:
• Municipal Court (closed Tuesday)
• Transfer Station (closed Tuesday)
• Trash/Recycling collection (Tuesday route canceled)
• Olathe libraries (closed Tuesday)
• Parks & Recreation classes/activities (canceled Tuesday)
Power is out in several areas of the city, including portions of downtown. Residents are asked to report downed power lines. Use the City’s All Services Lookup to determine what utility services your area.
Currently, all traffic signals are operational and crews are actively clearing snow from signals. However, drivers are reminded to use caution and treat intersections where traffic signals are out or snow-covered as four-way stops.
Downed tree limbs are also problematic due to the weight of the wet snow. Residents are also asked to report downed limbs blocking roadways.
Midday update on Feb. 26.