City Readies for Winter Storm Possibility

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

TOPEKA -- The City of Topeka’s equipment for battling ice and snow was prepped on Wednesday and salt has been loaded on some of the trucks in anticipation of wintry precipitation on Thursday and Friday in Topeka.

According to Ron Raines, Director of Street Maintenance and Traffic Operations, the Street section is prepared to follow the City’s snow plan, which can be found at http://www.topeka.org/pdfs/SnowPlanandOperations.pdf , and will continue to do so if ice or snow accumulates.

“We are getting weather information that says to expect anything from snow flurries to two to four inches,” Raines said. “Whatever the conditions, we are preparing now for whatever comes our way.”

Prior to an ice or snow event, City crews will pre-treat bridges and “hotspots” with an anti-icing liquid. Once icing or snow occurs, the City will first treat major thoroughfares or primary streets then begin treating collector or secondary streets. Treatments could include applying anti-icing liquids, salt, and/or sand, and plowing the streets if snow accumulations warrant.

To help if plowing is required, residents are asked not to park on primary or secondary streets. Residents are also asked not to push snow into the roadway from drives or parking areas. To help City crews identify impassible areas, citizens are asked to contact the City the Call Center at 368-3111.


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