Olathe snow removal update

Olathe city road crews began preparing for today’s snow storm yesterday, putting equipment on vehicles and loading salt.

Crews began treating streets with salt about 10 a.m. today and continue spot treating this afternoon. Evening plow crews were sent home this morning before returning to tackle the snow, now accumulating. Crews will work through the night and will maintain around-the-clock operations until the streets are plowed.

The city’s fleet includes 70 vehicles responsible for 1,230 lane miles of snow removal. Included are 25 large dump trucks with broader plowing capacity that will focus on major thoroughfares and collector streets. Smaller vehicles will focus on residential streets and cul-de-sacs.

During the last storm, 1,416 tons of salt were spread on city streets. Crews worked nearly 2,500 hours treating and clearing streets.

Residents are reminded and strongly encouraged to avoid parking on the streets during snow storms, especially during daylight hours. In addition, residents and property owners are reminded to maintain sidewalks in front of their respective properties, especially in areas where children walk to school.

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