Wichita Public Works & Utilities crews are winding down their response to winter weather over the Thanksgiving holiday. In order to mitigate potentially hazardous driving conditions, crews began applying salt-sand mix to bridges and highly trafficked city streets on Thanksgiving Day. Large scale response operations continued, day and night, in alternating 12 hour shifts, into Monday morning. Approximately 160 personnel devoted their time to the highly successful effort.
With chances for freezing rain diminishing Monday morning, responders are transitioning back to their normal operations. Among various other activities, staff will be engaged in pothole patching throughout the city. Eight two-man crews are presently devoted to the effort, and a similar level of effort is expected to continue throughout the week. Precipitation events, such as experienced over the Thanksgiving weekend, give rise to potholes on city streets. Each year, City crews patch an average of 50,000 potholes.
Given the expectation of wet pavement conditions and subfreezing temperatures, a small contingent of responders will be monitoring for icing overnight Monday into Tuesday.