Wichita working around the clock to maintain arterial roads

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- At any given time today, there have been 50 City of Wichita trucks helping to manage the snow that has accumulated on the main streets of Wichita.

"We've got 100 people operating those 50 pieces of equipment. We'll continue with emergency snow and ice operations until the situation has abated and we get the streets cleared," said Joe Pajor, Wichita Public Works and Utilities deputy director.

The City is responsible for maintaining 1,500 lane miles of Snow Emergency Routes, which are designated by ordinance. There is a total of 5,000 lane miles of paved city streets, which means residential streets will not be plowed by the City.

"It may be difficult to tell that streets have been plowed and it does take us, with the forces we have, about 24 hours to completely plow one time around all the Snow Emergency Routes," said Pajor.

Brooks Landfill closed at noon today due to problems with visibility and wind blowing waste. They are expected to open tomorrow.


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