• People who stayed home helped Independence's cleanup

  • Round 2 brought a lot of snow on Tuesday, but the Independence Public Works street crews kept up.

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  • Round 2 brought a lot of snow on Tuesday, but the Independence Public Works street crews kept up.
    “Everything is going like we anticipated,” Public Works Director John Powell said Tuesday afternoon.
    By mid-Tuesday afternoon, when the winter storm warning expired at 3 p.m., Independence crews had finished clearing first-priority streets and had moved onto clearing the second-priority streets, as laid out in the city snow removal operations plan.
    Ahead of the storm, Independence Public Works began pre-treating city streets at noon Monday. Crews work in 12-hour shifts, clearing the most heavily traveled areas first, including Noland, R.D. Mize and Lee’s Summit roads; 35th and 39th streets; and Sterling and Crysler avenues.
    In Independence, the Missouri Department of Transportation is responsible for about 100 miles of streets, including U.S. 24 and 40, Interstate 70, Missouri 7 and 291 and a portion of Truman Road.
    Independence crews are responsible for about 570 miles of streets. Removal takes place based on city-assigned priority ratings, beginning with arterial streets, those that carry the most traffic, and then moving to collector streets; hills and intersections; and lastly, residential areas.
    Independence residents who are concerned about snow removal in their neighborhoods should contact the main Public Works office or the Street Maintenance Division, Powell said. Both of those can be accessed through the city’s main telephone number at 816-325-7000.
    He also suggested citizens submit a request on the city’s website (www.indepmo.org) through the Action Center.
    Traffic did appear lighter than usual on Independence streets, Powell said. On Monday afternoon, the Independence Police Department issued a Public Safety Advisory, asking citizens to limit road travel as much as possible.
    “We appreciate people being willing to stay home,” Powell said. “It’s made the snow removal go a lot easier.”
    Also Tuesday:
    • A toddler wandered away from her sister, who was distracted by her snow-shoveling, according to Independence Police spokesman Tom Gentry.
    He said the girls’ mother didn’t want the 3-year-old to go outside, but she did anyway. When she left the property the older sister failed to notice her absence. The younger girl was spotted about 10:30 a.m. near the grocery store at U.S. 2 and River Boulevard, Gentry said. She was returned home safely.
    • Occupants of the Quality Inn at Noland Road and Interstate 70 were allowed back in the hotel after it was evacuated Tuesday evening because of a break in a gas main.
    Reports indicated that a 3-inch gas main was broken, leading to the evacuation.
    The Independence Fire Department and Missouri Gas Energy responded and corrected the problem, allowing occupants to return to the building. The occupants were also offered other accommodations.

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