- Public Works
- Street & Storm Sewer Maintenance
Street & Storm Water System Maintenance
The Street Maintenance Division of Public Works is responsible for repairing and maintaining public streets, public storm water infrastructure and public traffic signs within the City of Liberty.
The Street Maintenance Division is located at 400 Suddarth St., Liberty MO. 64069. To contact Street Maintenance you may call 816.439.4515 or File a Formal Request.
When snow is forecast for the Kansas City Metropolitan area, a subscription weather center contacts the Liberty Public Works Department with updates on the snow and ice arrival time. Based on this data operational decisions are made on the best approach on how to address the snow and ice treatment. Once the snow or ice event starts, City crews begin treating primary/arterial streets and then residential streets with plowing and or with salt and liquid calcium chloride. The streets will be plowed and or treated until the roadway are cleared or traversable. During extreme cold temperature conditions crews may leave a layer of snow on top of an ice layer underneath for traction.
Between the Public Works and Utilities departments the City utilizes 13 employees for treating events and a total of 23 employees for plowing events. Crews use a variety of trucks which include 2-1/2-ton dump trucks and 1-ton dump trucks all with salt spreaders and plows, as well as several pickup trucks with plows that work to clear the City’s more than 380 lane miles of roadway.
The current salt storage building holds 800 tons of salt, with additional salt orders delivered as needed throughout the winter.
Crews and Material
Crews work on 13 snow routes that cover arterial and residential streets throughout the community. It takes crews four hours on average to treat each route one time through. In a typical two to four-inch snowfall, up to 200 tons of salt may be used. Sleet and ice events require even more material.
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.
Mailboxes that are properly maintained and correctly located per established US Postal Service Guidelines will withstand snow coming off plows. The City is not responsible for damage that occurs due to snow discharge. If a mailbox is directly hit by the City of Liberty snow removal equipment, the damaged box and post should be left in place and reported within two business days via email or by calling 816.439.4514. Repairs or a temporary receptacle will be set up within one working day of reporting. Repair of the mailbox provided by the City of Liberty will meet US Postal Service guidelines and standards. The City will provide a similar replacement to the damaged mailbox/post.
Snow Removal and 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 300 feet from the rear of the plow truck so the driver can see you.
- Don’t pass snow plows and salt 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 three 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 drivable, 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.
- To avoid windrows (the line of snow often left by the plows along your driveway), shovel the area to the right of your driveway (as you’re facing your house). Check out this video from MoDOT»
- 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.
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For Traffic Signal outages on City of Liberty streets call 816.439.4503.
- For Traffic Signal outages on MoDOT signals, such as those along Route 291, call 816.622.6500 or 888.275.6636.
Street Lights are owned and operated by Evergy. For street light outages fill out this Evergy Form.
Lights on Liberty Square
Any street light on the Liberty Square that is malfunctioning should be reported to the city engineer’s office at 816.439.4500.
Requesting a New Street Light
To request a new street light in your neighborhood, please complete the Street Light Petition Form (PDF) and submit it to the office of the City Engineer located on the third floor of City Hall at 101 East Kansas.
The City will consider street lighting at locations where a petition is received and verified from 100% of the residents along the street or in the adjacent area to the proposed street light. Due to the high cost of street lights, new street lights petitions are carefully reviewed before being approved. Once the street light petition form is received and verified, the requested lights will be submitted to KCP&L for design and installation.
This process can take up to 180 days to complete.
Traffic Signs within the City of Liberty are maintained by City Staff. To report a damaged sign call 816.439.4515.
If the temperature is above freezing, all streets in the spring are swept. The streets in the fall are swept as time and equipment are available.
Rural areas are mowed with one-pass in the spring and then for sight distance and at intersections as needed.