Blue Springs employs many of the best operators in the Midwest. The personnel who work within the Street Department are the first responders for snow emergencies. They are backed up by skilled personnel from the Utilities, Engineering, and Park Maintenance Departments who operate residential plows if more than two inches of snow accumulate on the roads.
All winter storms are different, and can be difficult to predict. The Department consults and reviews weather reports from several different sources: NOAA, the local forecasters, Weather or Not, and internet sites. Using the information available for each storm, a response plan is developed.
Crews will occasionally pre-treat roads depending upon the storm predictions. Salt distribution typically begins as soon as the crews hit the streets and continues until all priority roads are completed or until it is no longer effective to salt. Traffic enhances the efficacy of the salt, so roads with more traffic clear more quickly than low volume roads. As a result some streets with lesser amounts of traffic may appear to have not been salted. When plowing begins, salting is limited to grades, intersections, and sharp curves until plowing is complete. After plowing is completed, salting operations begin again as needed. All roads are monitored for icy spots.