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KDOT crews prepare for the worst

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When winter weather moves in, the Kansas Department of Transportation moves out. 

"All the crews are out in each county. Crawford, Labette, Cherokee, and Neosho County each crew has about four or five trucks out," said Wayne Nelson area superintendent. 
KDOT crews cover about 100 miles of highways and interstates.
Nelson says travelers need to take their time and use caution. 

KDOT officials say they've been treating roads before streets started getting icy. The mix of rain and ice is a bad recipe for crews and drivers. 

"The material we put down, when we have the rain like where having it [materials] runs right off the highway," says Nelson.  

Here are three tips to consider when traveling in these conditions: 

1. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. 
2. Don't slam on your breaks crossing highways. 
3. Drive at a slower speed than usual.

Nelson also says you can also recognize ice on the roads ahead of time. 

"If you are on ice you won't spray any water, if you're on ice you will stop hearing that sound."

Day and night crews will keep pouring on the rock, sand, and salt so drivers have the traction they need.

For more information on roadways go to: <http://511.ksdot.org/KanRoadPublic/Default.aspx?BrowserDetect=Yes>

 

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