City of Wichita increasing salt/sand treatment of roadways

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WICHITA, Kan. — City of Wichita crews are applying a salt-sand mix to area roadways after four inches of additional snow fell overnight.

The city's public works department still has 100 crews in 50 trucks working 12 hour shifts on the streets, a rotation that's been going on since last Monday.

They began applying the latest round of salt-sand at 2 a.m.

City officials said at a briefing this morning that the salt and sand mixture should be more effective now that temperatures will be warming. Assistant Public Works Director Joe Pajor said that the salt is 89% less effective at 10 degrees than at 30 degrees.

The City more than doubled its normal salt deliveries beginning last Thursday. Normal salt deliveries have averaged 75 tons per day, and the City has contracted with Mies Construction to bring an additional 125 tons of salt per day. This allows crews to produce 400 tons of salt/sand mix daily with the new deliveries. Orders for 3,000 tons of salt were placed in December, but national demand has limited deliveries since then.

Pajor said last week's storm was different from typical winter weather in Wichita, and that the extreme cold along with a shortage of salt caused problems. He said he would not have done anything differently with that storm.


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