Snow Removal

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During snow events only, the Snow Plow Map displays the snow removal progress, on Olathe snow routes, and real-time locations of City snow plows.

Individual requests for snow removal are serviced after major operations have been completed.

Three Response Levels of Service
The City must keep major streets open first to allow emergency vehicles access to all areas of Olathe.
As soon as plowing operations begin, all trucks, including residential, are activated. The City has Three Response Levels of Service that vary with each snow event based on the amount of snow on the ground.

Emergency Situations
Snow removal crews are in direct contact with police dispatchers who can direct them to areas where emergency access is needed.

Plowing Sequence on Residential Streets
Snow plow drivers are directed to continually change their sequence for plowing residential streets so that a particular street is not always last to be plowed. 

Large Truck Snow Plows
Large trucks plow residential streets and assist at cul-de-sacs by plowing the opening to the cul-de-sac, but not the bulb of the cul-de-sacs. The large trucks cannot safely plow the entire cul-de-sac.

Adjacent property owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks. The City asks that business and residential property owners maintain their sidewalks for safe pedestrian use.

A windrow of snow builds up at the base of driveways when the snow plow passes.  This is a natural consequence of the snow removal process.

Private Property Damage 
Property damage can be reported online at OlatheConnect or a Tort Claim (Damage Claim) can be filed.

Ice vs. Snow Treatment
Crews treat streets with different chemicals based on which type of weather event is forecast. Pavement temperatures are also a factor in the decision. 

If only snow is forecast, crews usually pretreat streets ahead of the impending weather, then continue treatment during the weather event. Once snow has stopped, crews conclude the process by pushing and removing snow.

For ice forecasts, pretreatment is not usually done, as rain will wash away any chemicals spread on streets. Crews will work as fast and safe as possible to treat roads during the weather event, which will conclude with treatment once ice accumulation has ended.

Fast Facts

  • A total of 1307 lane miles and 1368 cul-de-sacs are plowed during each snow event.
  • Up to fifty-eight trucks remove snow in day-time and night-time shifts.
  • Twelve trucks maintain arterial and collector streets and business routes.
  • Fifteen large trucks and thirty pick-up trucks clear residential streets.
  • Crews work 12-hour shifts to provide 24-hour service during a winter storm.
  • Residential requests for snow removal are serviced after major operations have been completed.

Snow Removal Assistance and Safety

  • Call 911 if you have an emergency.  Dispatchers will contact the snow removal operation if emergency vehicles need assistance.
  • Remain patient; the City will ensure that all roads are passable as soon as possible. This is our highest priority.
  • Stay off the roads, if possible. The fewer vehicles on the roads, the faster we can get them cleared and have you on your way.
  • Park your vehicles in your driveway.
  • Stay back at least 50' from the rear of a plow truck so the driver can see you. If you can't see the driver in his mirrors, he can't see you.
  • Ensure your vehicle doesn’t hang out into the street.
  • Teach your children to stay behind the sidewalks when they see the plow trucks coming.
  • Avoid passing or driving beside plow trucks to allow our larger trucks to plow multiple lanes of snow at once.
  • Avoid shoveling snow from your driveway into the street to minimize the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway by plow trucks.
  • Shovel the snow from your driveway to the down street side (Down street is the direction traffic flows past your driveway.)
  • Remove from the street any portable basketball goals, hockey goals, skate board ramps, or other structures to enable plow trucks to reach the curb. This also helps to minimize the risk of damage to the plow truck or portable structures.
  • Trim tree branches along the street.
  • Clear sidewalks adjacent to your property. The City offers a volunteer service for elderly and disabled residents who need assistance after snow accumulates two inches or more. Volunteer to serve on the Snow Brigade.

Contact Snow Removal at OlatheConnect or call 913-971-6010. 


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