Street & Storm Sewer Maintenance

The Street and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division of Public Works is responsible for repairing and maintaining streets, storm sewers, and traffic signs within the City of Liberty.

Questions & Concerns
Report a problem or contact the Street and Storm Sewer Maintenance Division at 816-439-4514 for questions regarding street and storm sewer maintenance concerns.
Filling in a pothole
Snow & Ice Removal
When snow is forecast for the Kansas City Metropolitan area, a subscription weather center contacts the Liberty Public Works/Development Services Department with updates on the snow arrival time. Once the snow starts, City crews begin treating arterial streets with salt and liquid calcium chloride, and the secondary streets are treated with a mixture of salt and liquid calcium chloride.
  • When the snow reaches a depth of 1 inch City crews start plowing the arterial streets.
  • At 1 and a half to 2 inches, crews begin to plow secondary streets.
  • The streets may be retreated once the plowing is complete.
Apparatus
The City has 21 public works employees and 9 2½-ton dump trucks and 1 1-ton dump truck with salt/sand spreaders and plows, as well as 6 pickup trucks with plows that work to clear the City's 350 lane miles of roadway.

Crews & Material
Crews work on 9 sanding routes that cover primary and residential streets throughout the community. It takes crews 4 hours on average to go through each route one time. In a typical 4 inch snowfall, approximately 200 tons of salt and 300 tons of salt/sand mix are used. It takes approximately 15 hours to complete one entire pass of the City.

How Residents Can Help
Residents can make it easier on crews during winter storms by parking vehicles in driveways when possible. This makes it safer and more efficient for our City crews to plow the streets when vehicles are not parked in the roadways.

Snow Removal & Public Safety Tips
Here are some other tips to help expedite snow removal and ensure public safety:
  • If you don't have to get out and drive, don't.
  • If you have to drive in winter weather conditions, consider the following tips:
    • Stay back at least 50 feet from the rear of the plow truck so the driver can see you.
    • Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
    • Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least 3 times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
    • Have an emergency/safety kit in the car in case of a breakdown or accident (with flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, basic first aid kit, etc.)
    • Try to limit your driving during winter storms. The fewer cars on the roadways, makes it easier for efficient snow removal.
    • In the event you’re in a non-emergency accident and your vehicle is still driveable, you're encouraged to drive to safety.
  • Children are attracted to snowplow trucks. Teach your children to stay behind the sidewalks when they see the trucks coming.
  • When shoveling your driveway, avoid placing the snow from your driveway back into the street. You will also find that less snow is pushed into your driveway by shoveling the snow from your driveway to the down side of your driveway (down street is the direction traffic flows).
  • If you have a fire hydrant near your property be sure to remove snow from around it to assist fire personnel in the event of a fire.
  • Remember to clear sidewalks adjacent to your property.
Street Sweeping
If the temperature is above freezing, the business district and main arterial streets entering the City are swept in the spring and fall. Other streets are swept if it is requested.