City of Wichita prepares for possible snow

Snow Plows (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – With winter precipitation in the forecast, the city of Wichita announced its plans to keep drivers safe this winter.

The city said it has 200 employees for snow response in the city. Those employees will work 12 hour shifts and during weekends and holidays during a snow event.

The city has 61 snow plows for 1,800 miles of snow routes. Primary snow routes account for 1,500 lane miles, and 300 miles are secondary routes. Secondary routes are located around schools.

As for salt and sand, the city said they are completely stocked and will reorder when supplies are used.

“We have 7,500 tons of 50/50 mix, half salt and half sand, and another 8,000 tons of pure salt. When you add half of the sand to it, we have 16,000 tons of our salt and sand mix,” said Alan King, Director of Wichita Public Works.

Kellogg, I-235, and I-135 are taken care of by KDOT crews.

For more on snow removal in the city of Wichita, click here.