April 20, 2014

City of Gardner prepares for winter weather

Weather extremes and changes bring significant challenges to the Public Works employees who are responsible for making sure your streets are usable in the winter months. The City’s snow removal program is designed to utilize our available resources effectively and economically. These resources include long labor hours, special equipment, and chemicals such as salt and calcium chloride.
Our snow and ice policy is intended to keep vehicular traffic moving at a safe and constant speed.
When a storm is forecast, the Public Works staff formulates a plan of action that takes into account the time of day, type of weather, temperature, wind, expected length of the storm, etc.  If ice or only light snow occurs (less than 2”), and plowing is not required, city trucks will spot treat with materials only.  The City reminds residents to remove parked vehicles from the roadway when snow is predicted. Snow removal is more thoroughly accomplished if vehicles and other obstructions (basketball goals, trash cans, etc.) are removed from the curb.
What should you do during a snowstorm? If you don’t have to drive, don’t! However, if you must drive in severe winter weather, be prepared.
• Leave earlier so you can drive at a safe speed.
• Allow extra distance between your car and the one ahead of you.
• Do not assume because you are exercising caution that other drivers are driving sensibly.
• Have an emergency kit (flashlight, blanket, jumper cables) in your car in case of a breakdown.
• Limit your driving in winter storms if at all possible; the fewer cars on the roads, the easier it is for snow removal to be done successfully.
• Remove parked cars and other obstructions from the curb (basketball goals, trash cans, etc.).
For more information, please visit www.gardnerkansas.gov/snow_ice_removal/ or call the Streets Division at (913)856-0922.

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