When snow or ice falls, the Shawnee Streets Department implements a Snow and Ice Removal Plan. This plan is a prioritization system for clearing streets and supporting the emergency response system (fire, police and emergency medical services) during snow and ice events. “The Department’s ability to clear routes depends heavily on the amount and type of winter weather we receive”, notes John Krywicki, City Engineer.
Krywicki offers a snapshot of the Citys snow response plan:
The department has 8 employees which will be split into 2 shifts working 12 hours and 10 pieces of equipment available to clear streets. Employees of other City departments who possess a Commercial Driver’s License will be used to augment the Street Department staff. The crews use a sand and salt mixture, calcium chloride and truck mounted snow plows to clear streets during an event. Sand and other aggregates are also used for some specific applications such as hilly or inclined roadways. The City has plenty of these materials on hand.
A crew will be on-call at night and on weekends to respond to emergency requests for assistance from the City’s E-911 dispatch center. “The Shawnee Police Department is very good to relay road conditions to us via dispatch. Our crews get out pretty early so we can get a good handle on the event,” Krywicki added.
While each situation is different and some discretion will be used by the Street Superintendent to task crews, snow routes were developed to prioritize which streets will receive snow removal operations in the most effective and efficient manner. The established priorities are generally:
First priority is given to bridges and overpasses as they tend to freeze before other areas. Also addressed in this category are hills and inclines on roadways. This includes the following locations: Kickapoo at I-40; the Lake Road Bridge at the North Canadian River;Gordon Cooper Bridge at the North Canadian River; Farrall at U.S. 177; MacArthur West of Harrison; Federal West of Harrison, Dunbar at Oklahoma; Center and Federal; Kickapoo North of Farrall; Independence at Sequoyah; Independence at Kickapoo; MacArthur east and West of Harrison; Leo and Lake Road; Leo at Federal; Main from Bryan to Kickapoo;
and Broadway and Wallace southbound.
The second priority will be all arterial streets around the City including the Twin Lakes area. These streets include Kickapoo, MacArthur, Harrison, Farrall, Bryan, Highland, Wallace, Federal, 4th Street, Mall Drive, Independence; Walker Road; Clearpond Road; Stevens Road; Patterson Road; Homer Lane; Belcher Road; and Lake Road. While these streets are being addressed, other crews will focus their attention to emergency locations such as the hospital, fire stations, police station, and REACT EMS stations.
The third priority is interior streets and parking lot access to other City facilities This would include Main; Broadway; Center; Kennedy; Bierd; 10th Street from Kickapoo to Harrison; 9th Street from Kickapoo to Minnesota; 7th Street from Kickapoo to Minnesota; and the City Hall and Community Center Parking Lots Time and conditions permitting, the lowest priority would be internal streets within housing additions.
Additional tips for residents are:
Do not try to pass plows that are moving in the roadway. It is very dangerous and can cause an accident. Park vehicles on driveways or in garages away from curb lines whenever possible. Do not shovel or blow snow into the street causing a traffic obstruction. Never allow children to play in snow piles along curb lines.
A map of the street Priorities can be found here