Traffic Emergency declared for City of Kirksville ahead of winter weather


    The Traffic Emergency will take effect at 5 p.m. Friday. (KTVO file)

    Due to impending winter weather, a Traffic Emergency has been declared for the City of Kirksville.

    The Traffic Emergency will take effect at 5 p.m. Friday.

    Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew told KTVO that area residents are asked to do their part to assist crews with the snow removal process.

    Balliew adds there are specific rules those in Kirksville must follow after a Traffic Emergency is declared.

    "Citizens have to get off the snow routes in the Downtown Business District, all those places are marked. They will have until 7:00 p.m. [Friday] to move their vehicles, and then if not, if they are in our way, we will tow those vehicles. I encourage them to move their vehicles out of the way. Again, this is going to be a long, drawn out, difficult snow. So, we are planning to have it cleaned and ready to go by the start of business on Monday."

    Balliew says that city crews have been out all afternoon making preparations for snow removal.

    "We've already been putting brine out on the roads, that makes it clear a whole lot easier. We will start [Friday] night clearing main routes, we will get to you if we haven't gotten to you yet. We've got a whole bunch of new guys, so we are training new guys. In the Downtown area, we have to move the snow, it doesn't get pushed to the side. We will windrow that in the middle of the roads, and then come in on Sunday and start actually blowing that into trucks and moving it out of the Downtown area."

    To learn more about the Traffic Emergency declared for the City of Kirksville, click here.

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