Wichita street cleanup begins

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Wichita, Kan. -- When the snow is falling or already on the streets drivers want sand to have some traction.

But now that the snow is gone motorists can hardly wait to see it gone.

Wichita motorcyclist Bob Redd says, "We need the sand removed. WHY? It's pretty thick, 'cause it's slick and it's just like marbles on the street."

The city knows that and is restarting street sweeping the recent snow storm interrupted.

Deputy Director for Wichita Public Works & Utilities Joe Pajor says, "We did not get very far in our sand clean up after our major winter storm and the smaller storm that we had more recently has set us back a little further."

During the snow storms 50 trucks drove the 15-hundred lane miles constantly dropping sand and salt. Eighteen hundred tons were distributed.

But the city only has six street sweepers with three supporting dump trucks to clean up the streets.

Pajor explains their street sweeping strategy. "Our initial sweeping is going to be the center turn lanes and the two way turn lanes and between the driving lanes. We're going to leave the sand that's in the gutter in the gutter because there's a lot of sand in the gutter. And after we get the main driving areas cleaned up then we'll come back and get the gutter in a second pass."

Chances are you won't see the sweepers at work because they're working the overnight shift from 11:pm to 7:a.m. to avoid traffic.

"One of the challenges with the clean up is people are not going to see street sweeping getting done unless they're out in those over night hours. But that's by design because we want to make it as convenient and safe for our employees and the traveling public as possible."

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