Wichita receives more salt to treat roads

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WICHITA, Kan. — The City of Wichita has received more salt to treat area roads, which are still snow-packed and icy following a winter storm earlier this week.

City officials gave an update Thursday morning, saying 100 tons of salt arrived yesterday from Hutchinson.

Before the storm on Tuesday, the city was at about 32 percent capacity of salt and sand mixture. That amount allowed crews to treat the city's emergency routes one time.

Since the storm moved through, crews in 50 city trucks have been plowing and using only sand on most roadways. Now that they have more salt, they're trying to determine when to use it, as it's ineffective in extremely low temperatures. Even when temperatures rise, the snow is now so compacted that city officials believe it will be difficult to melt.

City leaders are still very concerned about the salt coming in at such a slow rate. The city ordered 3,000 tons back in December, but said national demand has limited deliveries since then. The salt comes from Hutchinson, Kanopolis and Lyons, and those companies have been rationing supplies.

This story will be updated once city crews begin treating the roads with the new shipment of salt. They expect to be testing the new salt and sand mixture soon.

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