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The Olathe Public Works Department is responsible for snow removal on 1,250 lane miles of roadway and 1538 cul-de-sacs. The City follows guidelines to provide the most effective snow removal operation possible.
View the snow removal progress at Snow Plow Map for information about Olathe snow routes and GPS locations of our snow plows. The interactive map will be available only during snow events.
Olathe works to keep 56 vehicles removing snow during the day and night shifts Crews work 12-hour shifts throughout a winter storm in order to provide 24-hour winter coverage. Scouting vehicles continually monitor all city streets to direct crews to dangerous areas. Crews are also in direct contact with police dispatchers, who can direct them to additional areas needing treatment in a winter storm.
The City has Three Response Levels of Service that vary with each snow event, based on the amount of snow on the ground.
Please Note: With the exception of emergency requests from police dispatchers, individual requests for snow removal cannot be taken until after major operations have been completed.
Why do residential areas get plowed last?
The City must keep major streets open first to allow emergency vehicles routes to all parts of Olathe. As soon as plowing operations begin all trucks are activated which includes residential.
How many plows are used in plowing efforts?
There are 21 trucks maintaining the arterial, collector and business routes. With 34 additional trucks in the day shift for maintaining the residential and cul-de-sac routes, there are 17 in the residential at night. These units maintain more than 698 lane miles of snow removal in residential areas.
Why are some residential streets always plowed first?
Drivers are instructed to continually change the sequence for plowing residential streets so a particular street is not always the last to be plowed. But then it's not always the first either.
Why did I see a large plow come down my street, but miss my cul-de-sac? The large truck will plow residential streets and will assist with cul-de-sacs by plowing the throat (opening to the cul-de-sac) but not the bulb. The larger trucks cannot plow out cul-de-sacs safely. However the large trucks do treat both the cul-de-sac and streets.
Who is responsible for clearing and maintaining sidewalks during an event?
The adjacent property owners are responsible for maintaining their sidewalks. We ask that both business and residential owners maintain their sidewalks for safe pedestrian travel.
What are windrows and how do they occur?
Windrows of snow build up at the base of your driveway when the snow plow passes. This is a natural consequence of the snow removal process.
Winter storm cleanup for property owners does present the challenge of ongoing snow removal after city plows have passed.