It's all hands on deck as crews work to clear snow

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email
City and KDOT crews working 12 hour continual shifts to stay on top of this winter weather.

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WICHITA, Kan. For Tim Wagner, a day of heavy snow means a full schedule.

"Oh ya, well into the night," Wagner said.

He is subcontracted out to plow business parking lots, and while a 20 acre lot will keep him busy for awhile, it's nothing compared to those responsible for clearing the main roads.

This isn't as bad as being out on the road," Wagner said. "You have to watch out for people but traffic is not as bad in here."

Both the city and KDOT crews are running 12 hour continuous shifts. There are more than sixty city crews out on the roads, while KDOT has about 27 plows tackling 1,100 lane miles in Sedgwick County.

"Not much else you can do with it except for push it off the roadway," said Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Terry Nicholas.

Trying to conserve materials, crews are plowing and holding off on treating the roads until the bulk of the snow falls.

"It's just hard to get salt right now because everybody in the country wants salt," Nicholas said.

The city says it has received a number of kudos calls after the situation in Atlanta, but they are not changing their game plan for this storm.

"We've done this enough times that, you know, you kind of get a handle on how to take care of business," Nicholas said. "I suppose if you're in Atlanta and only do it once every five or ten years, ya you'd probably get rusty."

Tim Wagner is quickly getting back into his rhythm, saying his plan of attack is also in place.

"Just keep the heater going, and try to stay out of it if you can," Wagner said.

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