Public Works & Utilities officials provided an update on the City's winter snow response during a Thursday morning news briefing at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Public Works crews are working 12-hour shifts and will continue to run the full deployment of 60 snow plows to treat roads with salt and sand. Crews will focus on arterial roads, bridges and overpasses and then begin to monitor roads for refreezing. Neighborhood roads will remain icy. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.
Rain and sleet that occurred overnight and in the early morning hours have iced many Wichita streets. Crews began treating roads with salt and sand around midnight. Crews discontinued when heavy rain began washing the treatment off roadways and resumed treating the roads again at 4 a.m.
Citizens are urged to allow plenty of time for trips and keep a safe following distance. With low temperatures in the forecast, refreezing will likely occur late evening.
The Wichita Police Department's Emergency Accident Reporting Plan (EARP) is in effect. The plan allows motorists who are involved in a non-injury accident to move their vehicles, exchange information with the other driver involved and report the accident within 24 hours of occurrence. If there is an injury or alcohol use is suspected, call 911 and officers will respond to the accident.
Motorists can get an accident form at local area QuikTrips, police substations or report the accident online at www.wichitapolice.com or at www.wichita.gov.