City of Wichita prepared for winter storms

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wichita city leaders want you to know they're ready if a big snow or ice storm hits.

Wichita Public Works says it has stocked up with more than 8,000 tons of salt and sand. About 500 tons is used for one snow event.

Sixty-two snow plows will take care of 5,000 lane miles, 1,500 of those are considered emergency routes. They get first priority.

It typically takes crews about 12 hours to make one pass through the city.

The new GPS plow tracking feature the city implemented three years ago should help show you what's done and what's still snow-covered.

"There's a feature on that that's also available to the public, we call it a breadcrumb, and you can make an hour, a day and even longer and it shows you the trail of where they've been over a certain period of time,"
said Wichita Public Works & Utilities Director Alan King.

The city's snow response over the last several years has been in the millions the last four years, the highest total being in 2014. Half of the cost is typically for labor. The other half is for materials.