January 12, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Public Works, Police Prep for Wintry Weather

The City of Springfield Public Works Streets Division will mobilize a full crew at 6 p.m. to prepare city streets for the predicted precipitation. The City works together with Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) on area roadways. Weather reports predict frozen precipitation starting this evening and pavement temperatures to drop below freezing between 10 p.m. and midnight. After midnight, Public Works will likely bring in extra staff to monitor the streets and respond to slick calls, according to Ron Bailey, Streets Division interim superintendent.

Heavy snowfalls and other inclement weather events impact traffic tremendously, and even with all of Public Works' plowing crews working around the clock, not all streets can be cleared. 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/, and selecting Snow Routes under Public Safety in the Table of Contents.

In order to service the City's infrastructure in the most efficient way, it is important that Springfield's citizens do their part by being prepared.

Vehicle Control During Snow and Ice Events
During Signal Outages
Emergency Status

Springfield Police Department (SPD) will often go into emergency status during inclement weather events, due to a spike in the volume of calls. When that happens, motorists need to know what to do. SPD offers the following suggestions:

If you are in an accident and vehicles are drivable and there are no injuries:

Exchange information

"If you don't have some way to write down information, you can always take a picture of the vehicle, vehicle license number and insurance card with a camera phone," says Lt. Ben King.

In the event of a hit-and-run situation, get as much information as possible:

King says you can also file a Walk-In Accident Report:

Springfield Police Department Headquarters
321 E. Chestnut Expressway
Seven days a week
7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

South Station
2620 W. Battlefield
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

"Remember, if the roads are bad, don't risk being in another accident by driving to the station immediately. Wait until the roads have cleared and make the report when you can get here safely," King said.

For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352. Ron Bailey is available for interviews at the Springfield Public Works Service Center on Chestnut Expwy between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov