Wichita city crews continue to treat area roads

A snowplows clears US 220 South of Clearbrook as snow falls early Friday morning, Jan. 22, 2016 in Roanoke, Va.. A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States started dumping snow in Virginia, Tennessee and other parts of the South on Friday as millions of people in the storm's path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) –¬†Wichita city crews have spent the entire weekend treating the 1,500 miles of snow routes across the city.

The hope being to keep the roads safe for everyone out on the road.

Alan King, the Director of Public Works and Utilities, says all 60 trucks continue to lay salt and sand mix along the city’s snow routes.

King commended their efforts on getting out ahead of the snow storm and helping keep the roads from being too much of a nuisance.

However, King warns that as the temperatures dip tonight into the single digits once again, that it could pose a problem.

He says they are worried the slush left over on the streets will freeze even more, leaving some areas slick and creating black ice in others.

King says his crews will continue to work around the clock to try to make sure the roads are good to go for the Monday morning commute to work.

“The sand is going to help with traction tonight, the salt, it’s just too cold for it to do anything, but it’ll be there so tomorrow when we get sun again,and the conditions warm up, even a few degrees makes a difference, the salt will be there and it’ll start continuing to do what it did today and hopefully our roads will be in pretty good shape sometime Monday,” said King.

King says crews did spend part of Sunday plowing several of the city streets.

However, with the single digit temperatures, he says they have stopped those efforts.

King says that is because the cold has made the ground too hard to plow.

As for drivers, King warns that some areas could still be slick.

He’s urging drivers to exercise caution on the roads both tonight and into the morning hours.