City ready for winter wonderland

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It may be November, but the City of Wichita is ready for a slice of winter.

60 city trucks are out with salt and sand to keep the streets safe.

“We’re certainly not waiting. We have three weather models that we use. Only one is really predicting a serious (weather) event for us,” said Wichita Public Works Director, Alan King. “So we have salt and sand. Sixty truck and crews on 12-hour shifts. A light dusting of salt and sand. The reason we’re doing a light dusting is because it’s raining right now and almost as fast as we put it down it starts to wash away so we want to try to get out ahead of it as much as we can which means continuous application.”

As city crews are out, some with the Kansas Highway Patrol say they saw half a dozen wrecks on the highways that were weather related in the morning hours on Thursday.

“Best thing to do is increase your following distance. You also want to make sure you have your seatbelt on and have your headlights on,” says Trooper Austin Schneider. “The following distance is obviously the biggest thing out here. That’s where most of our wrecks occur.”

The city is covering 15-hundred lane miles of the primary routes for now. At midnight the second shift truck operators will be out on the streets throughout the morning. The city will continue to monitor weather conditions. 

The highway patrol will continue to look for any motorists in trouble.

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