Snow Removal

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The street division of Raymore Public Works is responsible for the snow removal of approximately 370 lane miles of city streets. For snow removal operations, city streets have been divided into three zones that each have three trucks plowing at any given time during a snow event.

First priority is given to roadways designated as emergency snow routes or primary thoroughfares. Once those main roadways have been cleared, road crews will move on to plowing secondary priority collector streets and progressing through the route priorities in order, with the lowest traveled residential streets and cul-de-sacs seeing service last.

To better understand the City of Raymore’s street plowing order, we offer a complete overview map -- plus zoomed-in zone maps of Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3 to provide more detail -- showing the snow removal route priorities by color.

The City’s goal is to clear all priority routes within 24 hours after plowing begins. Plowing commences as soon as snow depth reaches more than one inch of accumulation. To aid in clearing streets of snow and ice, salt brine is applied to roadways before a snow event begins.

The City does not salt or plow privately and will not remove snow deposited by snowplows in driveways or next to mailboxes. Snow removal on parking lots and sidewalks is the property owner’s responsibility.

To minimize snow deposited in your driveway by snow plows, shovel a 15-feet long path in advance of your driveway (the right side of your driveway if you are facing your house if you are on a two-way street). Shovel all driveway snow (especially closer to the street) to the right side of your driveway when facing the street to ensure it isn't redeposited in your driveway by plows.

Resident calls are handled as quickly as possible, however, road crews do not deviate from our emergency route clearance unless a police or fire emergency arises.

How You Can Help

Public Works offers these tips to help expedite snow removal and ensure public safety:

  • Make sure to have the proper snow or all weather tires on your vehicle to prevent you from getting stuck.
  • If possible, park vehicles off of the street and don’t allow your vehicles to hang into the road from the driveway. Cars in the roadway hinder the performance of the snow removal operations.
  • Shovel the snow to the right side of the driveway as you face the street. This will lessen the amount of snow windrows left at the mouth of the driveway when the snowplows come by. These windrows cannot be prevented, but residents can minimize the problem by clearing a 15-feet long area of the curbline in advance of the drive. Most, but not all, of the snow from the plow will be deposited in the clear area.
  • Stay back at least 50 feet from the rear of the plow truck so the driver can see you. Remember, if you can’t see the driver in his mirrors, he can’t see you.
  • Children are attracted to snowplows. Teach your children to stay behind the sidewalks when plows approach.
  • If trash pickup day coincides with plowing activities, make sure your trash and recycling bins are well behind the curb or in the driveway so plows will not hit them.