Wichita prepares for upcoming winter road conditions

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The streets are fine at the moment, but as the days turn colder, the risk of severe winter weather heats up.

That's why the City of Wichita is getting a head start on preparing for the upcoming winter season.

“We have stocked up with our salt and sand material. We certainly have our employees ready to go. They’ve been making sure all of the equipment is maintained and ready for this winter’s activities,” Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said.

The city already has 8,000 tons of salt and sand ready to go for the first ice storm.

On average, the city only uses about 500 tons during a single winter storm event. A total of 62 snow plows are on hand and ready.

Mayor Longwell says “Just to understand our challenges, we have 5,000 lane miles that those 62 plows have to take care of."

Of that total 1,500 of the lane miles are considered emergency routes, and get first priority.

Wichitans who may be concerned about which routes to take can easily look up what streets have recently been salted on the city’s GPS snow plow tracker.

“It shows you the trail of where they’ve been over a certain period of time. That helps us not only see where they are and where they’d have to be to be dispatched to pick up our sand or to help another part of the route,” Alan King, Director of Wichita Public Works and Utilities, said.

The snow plow tracker is available to the public on the city’s website

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