Snow Operations

The Jackson County Department of Public Works, Road and Bridge Division is responsible for maintaining the roadways within unincorporated Jackson County, Missouri. As part of its mission, the Department conducts snow and ice control operations to reduce hazardous driving conditions during snow and ice events.

The Jackson County Snow and Ice Control Plan is designed to provide emergency guidelines to maximize the efficient use of personnel, equipment, and material during a snow and ice event to reduce accidents, provide access for emergency vehicles, keep businesses and schools operating and keep traffic moving at a near normal pace. In addition, the plan also sets service levels and establishes routes based on roadway classification, traffic patterns, and type of duration of predicted storms. 
A front loader fills a Public Works truck with sand for snow.
Geographic Divisions
Jackson County is divided into 2 regions - north and south - with I-70 being the dividing line between them. The 2 regions are divided into districts. Districts north of I-70 are designated by an N prefix and those south of I-70 are designated with an S prefix. There are 6 districts in the north and 5 districts in the south.

Boundary Marker Maps

During a Storm
At the 1st sign of snow, the Public Works Department starts the process for clearing the roads in the unincorporated area. Generally, this means dividing the crews into 2 shifts (1 for day and 1 for evening) so work can get done efficiently and the safety of the drivers is always a consideration. These are the guidelines followed by Jackson County Public Works crews that will be working in your area:
  • Operators will be regularly assigned to the same truck and area.
  • Operators check their equipment often (every 1.5 hours and/or with every load).
  • They keep regular routes, consistently starting and ending at designated points.
  • They always plow to the right.
  • They are instructed to provide adequate coverage on all high-priority roads.
Class A Roads
Plowing operations on Class A roads are repeated continuously for the duration of the storm until the road surface and shoulders are cleared. Those roads are as follows:
  • Atherton
  • Blue Mills
  • Buckner-Tarsney
  • Colbern
  • Dillingham
  • Duncan
  • Langsford
  • Liggett
  • Milton-thompson
  • Old 40 Highway
  • Pink Hill
  • R.D. Mize
  • Twyman
  • Woods Chapel
Class B Roads
Class B Roads are major collectors, minor roads, and local or subdivision roads.

Operators will clear 1 and 1/2 lanes of bare/wet pavement within 12 hours of completion of storm. Chemicals will be put down at the appropriate rate.

Stranded Motorists
Public Works drivers are not allowed to give rides to or tow citizens. If the situation is critical, they may stay with a motorist until help arrives. They will also check for injuries and damage and contact someone, if necessary.