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City Crews Prepare for Weekend Winter Storm

Contact: Joseph T. Pajor, Department of Public Works & Utilities |

City of Wichita crews are planning for the forecasted winter storm, on standby through the weekend to be activated once precipitation is imminent.  The Public Works & Utilities department will deploy its full fleet of 50 plow trucks to respond to the winter storm. Approximately 100 personnel will work on rotating 12-hour shifts to provide a continuous response. 

City crews will first cover the 1,500 lane miles of snow emergency routes – these are primarily the major arterials throughout Wichita.  Secondary and school routes will be treated next.

To treat freezing rain and sleet, trucks will have their plows raised and will be dropping a salt/sand mix.  The salt helps melt the ice, while the sand provides traction for vehicles.  With the plows raised, trucks can more quickly spread the salt-sand mix needed for ice accumulation.  Plows will be down to clear roadways during heavy snowfall.

The City is prepared to respond with 7,500 tons of salt-sand mix at the outset of this storm with an additional 3,650 tons of straight salt in backup reserves. Motorists are urged to follow the following tips:

• Plan extra time to reach your destination;
• Keep your vehicle in proper working order;
• Drive slow in slick conditions, allowing for extra stopping distance;
• Clear windows and windshield of ice, snow and other obstructions;
• And stay away from safety equipment on the roads.

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