December 04, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

City prepares for wintry mix

No snow has fallen in Springfield yet, but the City's Public Works staff are already preparing for the task of plowing area roadways.

Major roadways such as arterial and collector streets have priority and will be cleared and maintained as shown in the Springfield snow route map at http://maps.springfieldmo.gov/publicviewer/ (select Snow Routes under Public Safety in the Table of Contents.) Public Works coordinates snow removal on 675 lane miles of high-priority emergency routes.

Even with plowing crews working around the clock, not all streets can be cleared. During normal snow and ice occurrences, Public Works does not clear local residential streets.

Citizens can do their part, however, to help Public Works service the City's infrastructure in an efficient way. The department's Traffic Engineering staff offers the following winter weather driving tips:

Signal outages
Vehicle control during snow and ice

As always, City officials remind citizens that the best advice for driving in bad conditions is not to drive at all. If you can, stay home.

The Springfield Police Department also has winter driving safety tips posted online at: www.springfieldmo.gov/spd/generalinfo/trafficsafetytips/Seasonal/drivinginsnowandice.html

Zim Schwartze, director of Springfield/Greene County Emergency Communications, reminds citizens to use good judgment when deciding to call 9-1-1.

"Particularly in the event of a severe weather situation, if you need Police, Fire or EMS, use a common sense approach in deciding when to call. We want to make sure we have resources available for those true emergencies," Schwartze said.

For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.gov

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov