TOPEKA -- The City of Topeka is considering issuing an Emergency Snow Route declaration as early as Tuesday morning, Feb. 1, in anticipation of ice and snow accumulations.
Randy Speaker, Deputy City Manager and Public Works Director, said he is giving notice now about the potential declaration to give residents who live and park along emergency snow routes time to make other parking arrangements.
The parking of vehicles on Emergency Snow Routes is prohibited during a Snow Emergency. No one shall operate a motor vehicle on an Emergency Snow Route in such a manner or condition that the vehicle will become stalled due to the vehicle not being properly equipped with effective tire chains or snow tires, according to City code. Those parked along an Emergency Snow Route or who become stuck on a snow route without effective tires can be towed.
A map showing the snow emergency routes can be found at http://www.topeka.org/pdfs/snow%20emergency%20route.pdf . City crews will work along those routes to plow the snow to make them accessible to motorists.
The City would also like to remind residents that:
According to City Code, (12.40.010 Duty of abutting property owner or occupant, a-c), property owners or occupants are required to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within 12 hours after a snow or ice event, or in the case where the snow event ends during the night, they have until 6 hours after sunrise to remove the snow and ice.
If removal of snow and ice are made practically impossible due to compaction, sand, ashes, or other non-corrosive, non-ice-forming chemicals are suggested to treat public sidewalks.
It is also unlawful to push, plow or otherwise move snow and ice in a public or private parking area onto any public sidewalks, private streets or handicapped stalls. Many individuals, especially those with disabilities, rely on these sidewalks to get to and from work, school and bus stops, etc.