KDOT crews busy repairing storm damge


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WICHITA, Kan. -- With every major snow storm comes numerous vehicle slide-offs and wrecks. Some of those vehicles wind up striking road signs, guard rails and light poles.

So now Kansas Department of Transportation crews are busy repairing or replacing damaged and destroyed highway equipment from that storm.

KDOT Spokesman Tom Hein says, "There's a lot of repairs."

Hein says the snow storm is resulting in a lot of damage. "We had a supervisor who said in the last ten years this is the storm that produced the most damage. So it's signs, it's guardrails, it's posts, everything that we have has been hit in one way or another."

Last week's snow storm stands out for the amount of snow and for the frigid temperatures which followed. Those contributed to the damage KDOT is seeing says Hein. "Well, we see this after every storm. But this storm, in particular, the length that it lasted, the snow pack that stayed on the highway a little bit longer, all that contributed to more damage to infrastructure on the highway."

Hein says it'll take crews a long while to complete the repairs, "They have enough work to keep them busy for weeks repairing these kinds of things and possibly months."

Drivers ultimately pay for these repairs. KDOT makes claims against a driver's liability insurance for the damage.


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