Topeka Activates Emergency Snow Route Ordinance

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-- Citizens of Topeka must move their vehicles off of emergency snow routes. Public Works Director Doug Whitacre announced Tuesday (2/4), activating the City’s Emergency Snow Route Ordinance. Moving cars off of the streets and into driveways will allow street crews and emergency vehicles to move freely.

The Emergency Snow Route Ordinance prohibits parking on, or becoming stuck without snow tires, anywhere along one of the emergency routes, anytime the ordinance is activated. During this time, crews will plow these routes curb-to-curb and spread deicing material on the roadway. Vehicles left parked along these roadways four hours after the ordinance is activated are subject to citation or tow away at the owners expense.

Emergency Snow routes are located and posted throughout the city, and are identified on the interactive snow route map. Due to their close proximity to certain buildings, and due to the heavy traffic flow they carry, these routes represent the highest priority roadways to deice and plow.

Find more information on the ordinance (10.55.020) in our online Topeka Municipal Codebook here: CLICK HERE


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