City prepares for first signs of snow update

Kevin PowellCity

With current forecasts predicting up to 1.5″ of snow, City crews are working to treat roads based on the standard priority order. The City will continue to monitor as the storm develops. 

Visit the city’s snow operations page at lawrenceks.org/snow to see the GPS-enabled snow plow tracking system, traffic camera views of major intersections and to see progress during snow operations. This web page will be the main source of information for residents regarding city-specific closures, cancellations, bus routing changes, or any other information related to snow operations. 

Snow Operations: What You Should Know

The city’s Snow Operations Plan calls for treating roads in a priority order from most traveled streets to least traveled streets. Established priorities are traffic routes, bus routes, schools, and major employment centers. In general, winter operations progress from arterial streets such as Iowa or 6th Street, to collector streets such as Tennessee or Lawrence Avenue, then residential streets and cul-de-sacs. If snow accumulations reach a total of one-inch, crews will begin plowing the streets in the same priority as listed above.

Multiple trucks are assigned to geographic areas of the city during snow operations. The trucks coordinate efforts on all collateral and arterial routes, and then divide into separate areas to clear residential streets.

City sidewalk ordinance

The city’s Sidewalk Ordinance is in place to make public sidewalks safe for pedestrians, even during winter weather. The ordinance states the owner or occupant of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk is responsible for the removal of any snow or ice that accumulates on the sidewalk. Removal must be done within 48 hours after the ice forms or the snowfall ends.
In the event that removal of ice is impossible, the property owner or occupant is required to place sand on the sidewalk within 48 hours. In a situation where a property owner fails to comply with the city’s ordinance and the Development Services Division receives a complaint, a citation will be written. Property owners will be assessed a fine of $20 for each day the violation occurs, plus court costs if found guilty of the violation.

Be a good neighbor

Residents are responsible for ice and snow removal in driveways and on sidewalks adjacent to their properties. The Public Works Department encourages everyone to be a good neighbor and consider neighbors and friends who do not have the ability to shovel snow. Let neighbors know ahead of time if you are willing to help.