Monday, January 4, 2010

Street still not plowed? Do it yourself!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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After yesterday's new snow fell, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City, Missouri, didn't plow residential streets or treat roads with de-icer. It was too cold, officials said. Besides, they added, Sunday's dusting would offer a little traction on KC's ice-rink-like sidestreets. Riiiiight.

That translates to: You're on your own, Kansas Citians. So you can work your own streets in whatever vehicle can be adapted, or you can mix up your own chemical solution. All you need is some magnesium chloride (which works at a lower temperature than the usual salt) and the Minnesota Snow and Ice Control Handbook (PDF here). You won't even have to get outside if you hire a KCMO School District student. The kids are off today because it's too cold to learn.

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