City of Olathe – Track Plowing Progress Via Interactive Map Viewer; City Council Meeting Cancelled

Winter Storm Management Update
Track Plowing Progress Via Interactive Map Viewer; City Council Meeting Cancelled

February 1, 2011; 1:30 p.m.

As of 10:00 a.m., City of Olathe crews have begun full plowing operations and will continue around-the-clock snow removal operations in response to the storm that is blanketing the area.

The City’s full fleet of 70 vehicles is involved in snow removal operations, maintaining over 1,230 lane miles. Included are 25 large dump trucks with broader plowing capacity that will focus on major thoroughfares and collector streets. Smaller vehicles will focus on residential streets and cul-de-sacs. Due to the rapid snowfall and blowing snow, initial plowing efforts will involve a single pass to keep streets clear. Once the snow tapers, crews will revert to curb-to-curb clearing.

Drivers are asked to respect the distance between their vehicles and plows, which due to the blowing and rapidly falling snow, are traveling at a slower rate of speed than normal. In addition, drivers should use extra caution around open fields due to the potential for high drifts. Residents are reminded and strongly encouraged to avoid parking on the streets, especially during daylight hours.

Due to the nature of the snow event (heavy snowfall and drifting snow), this will be a lengthy clean-up effort, but City crews will work 24/7 until streets are plowed.

Residents can monitor the progress of plowing operations on the interactive map viewer for snow routes. The interactive tool provides live location mapping of all vehicles engaged in snow removal activity. Vehicles are “pinged” once per minute, transmitting virtual real-time data to users via the GPS/AVL map. The dynamic mapping system can be searched, panned and zoomed to better view a particular neighborhood or area of the city. When the tool was released on January 20, the City of Olathe website experienced an 80% increase in site visits and a 400% increase in bandwidth usage.

City trash and recycling collection remains on schedule. Olathe residents are asked to place carts at the curb by 8:00 a.m. on their regular pick-up day and keep carts there until they are serviced.

The City Council meeting scheduled this evening has been cancelled. Olathe Municipal Court has cancelled its docket on Wednesday, February 2. All cases will be continued and defendants will receive mailed notices with new court dates. Despite the docket cancellation, Municipal Court offices will remain open. In addition, both Olathe Public Library branches closed at 1:00 p.m. today.

Residents are encouraged to report any problem areas in need of additional plowing or treating by calling 971-6010, or online through the Citizen Request System on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org.

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