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The Olathe Public Works Department is responsible for snow removal on 1,250 lane miles of roadway and 1538 cul-de-sacs. The City follows guidelines to provide the most effective snow removal operation possible. To see our progress click on the Snow Plow Map site. This site contains information on City of Olathe snow routes and GPS locations of our snow plows. The interactive map will be available only during snow events.
Olathe works to keep 60 vehicles removing snow during the day shift and 44 operating during the nightshift. They work 12-hours shifts throughout a winter storm in order to provide 24 hour winter coverage. Scouting vehicles continually monitor all city streets to direct crews to dangerous areas. Crews are also in direct contact with police dispatchers who can direct them to additional areas needing treatment in a winter storm.
The 2012-13 snow season is designed to maintain road safety during these events and allows for less material (sand/salt) use. The snow plowing approach runs more trucks during the day and uses the sun to our advantage. As a result, Olathe Residents are encouraged to park their vehicles in drives and clear sidewalks in front of their property.
The City has three response levels that vary with each snow event based on the amount of snow on the ground.
Olathe remains committed to the safety of motorists and pedestrians, emergency response needs, and economic activity. This revised approach will in no way compromise that commitment.
With the exception of emergency requests from police dispatchers, individual requests for snow removal cannot be taken until after major operations have been completed.
How You Can Help
These tips can help to expedite snow removal and ensure your safety.
Why do residential areas get plowed last?
The City must first keep major streets open to allow emergency vehicles routes to all parts of Olathe. As soon as plowing operations begin all trucks are activated which includes residential.
How many major streets are there?
There are approximately 553 lane miles of "first attention" streets out of more than 1250 lane miles of streets in the city.
How many plows are used in plowing efforts?
There are 21 trucks maintaining the arterial, collector and business routes. With 34 additional trucks in the day shift for maintaining the residential and cul-de-sac routes, there are 17 in the residential at night. These units maintain more than 698 lane miles of snow removal in residential areas.
Why are some residential streets always plowed first?
Drivers are instructed to continually change the sequence for plowing residential streets so a particular street is not always the last to be plowed. But then it's not always the first either.
Why did I see a large plow come down my street, but miss my cul-de-sac? The large truck will plow residential streets and will assist with cul-de-sacs by plowing the throat (opening to the cul-de-sac) but not the bulb. The larger trucks cannot plow out cul-de-sacs safely. However the large trucks do treat both the cul-de-sac and streets.
Who is responsible for clearing and maintaining sidewalks during an event?
The adjacent property owners are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks. We ask that both business and residential owners maintain their sidewalks for safe pedestrian travel.
Street Maintenance Division at 913-971-6010