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February 4, 2014

KC officials urge businesses to stagger work hours Wednesday

Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte recommend rolling openings to ease traffic during rush.

Kansas City officials are asking businesses in the city to stagger work hours on Wednesday in order to spread out the morning rush hour in the aftermath of the snow storm.

“Rather than have everybody fishtailing along in one mass rush hour, what we’d rather do is spread it out so we can have additional trucks on the road,” Mayor Sly James said at an afternoon briefing.

The city’s plow crews began working in tandem Tuesday afternoon, with two plow crews moving down a street together, in order to better clear the roads in the face of strong winds.

James and City Manager Troy Schulte suggest that businesses from 63rd Street south to the city limits open at at 8 a.m., that business from the Missouri River south to 63rd Street open at 9 a.m. and that businesses north of the river open at 10 a.m.

“It’s a suggested approach and we hope people will try to take advantage of it,” James said, adding that officials don’t expect 100 percent compliance.

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