Roads slick around the Wichita area

WICHITA, Kansas – Freezing drizzle has caused roads around the Wichita area to become slick and have led to several wrecks.

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers worked multiple accidents on I-235 in the Southwest Street and the K-42 area.

Troopers also worked at least eight accidents on I-235 between Kellogg and Meridian in the northwest part of the city before noon.

Troopers are asking people to slow down due to the conditions.

“This freezing drizzle has been pretty much a nuisance up to this point because it has been fairly light,” said Joe Pajor, the Deputy Director of Wichita’s Public Works and Utility Department.

Pajor says he tried to put the necessary crews in place to get a leg up on the weather.

“We started pre-treating about mid week and what we did was, it takes us about two days or a little more than that to get through our emergency rides,” said Pajor.

Pajor says bridges and overpasses have also been a priority with trucks dusting the surfaces with a salt-sand mixture.

“Given the winter weather we’ve had so far and the limited amount
of re-material or re-supply of material we’re down around 3,000 tons,” said Pajor.

That has left city crews working at about 50 percent capacity when it comes to the salt-sand mix.

With more winter weather in the forecast for this week, Pajor says crews will have enough to get us through the messy conditions.

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