Crews treating and monitoring roads ahead of winter weather

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With the potential for a mixture of snow and ice for parts of Kansas, crews are getting a head start on treating roads.

The KDOT Public Affairs Manager , Deb Gruver, said the agency has two crews on K-96 in Sedgwick and Reno counties.

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While KDOT is starting early, the City of Wichita is waiting for the right moment to treat their roads.

"We'll monitor the weather and when we think it's just a little bit ahead of it going to snow, we’ll start putting down our salt sand mix. It resists being washed off a little bit more than the brine so you can lay it down even when it's still raining,” Director Wichita Public Works and Utilities Alan King said.

Gruver says while some cities may choose to not pre-treat, KDOT thought it was necessary.

"On this situation we wanted to make sure that our bridges were safe and so we figure it's best to go ahead and pre-treat bridges and if we need to we'll go out and pre-treat roads and intersections as well,” Gruver said.

Both KDOT and the City of Wichita are asking for drivers to be cautious if they do have to be out and about.

"If you see our crews out, slow down for them and give them some room to work. Don't crowd them,” Gruver said.

Crews are focusing first on bridges and overpasses and they will continue to monitor the weather as the night goes on. 

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