PITTSBURG, KS.--- The City of Pittsburg and surrounding areas have been working tirelessly to clear the roads. Pittsburg and the Kansas Department of Transportation began removing snow from the roads yesterday afternoon. Many of the main roads and highways were clear by late morning and officials say the sunshine today played a large role in advancing their efforts. A new shift started this morning to prepare the roads for travel during rush hour.
"When the sun comes out, it heats up that black pavement surface and it just tears it right off. It really just helps us immensely. So, we get a lot of progress and a lot of good, clean roads after the sun has been out for a while," said Wayne Nelson, Kansas Department of Transportation.
According to KDOT and Pittsburg city leaders, the majority of main roads and highways have been cleared, but it has come at some cost.
"This is very expensive. Snowstorms, having people out doing this is a very costly factor and there's just nothing you can get away with. It's just going to cost," said Nelson.
Receiving a storm of this magnitude has forced the City of Pittsburg to spend more money ordering supplies. City leaders have already had to order an additional 100 tons of salt, totaling $6,000.
"What's bad about ordering salt and sand: It's necessary for the treatment of the streets, but once the rain comes out and the storm is over with it, it disappears and you have nothing to show for the money you put out," said Bill Beasley, Public Works Director.
Public Works Director Bill Beasley says they've already begun to prepare for a possible storm this Friday.
"When we have the rains, we normally try to put a brine solution down before it rains before the ice so that we have something down, so that the ice doesn't necessarily stick to the streets. We'll be concentrating on putting that down Thursday," said Beasley.
Officials say this storm was strong enough for them to ensure that all their equipment is in full, functioning condition for the upcoming winter months. The city has six salt trucks and eight snowplows to get them through these storms.
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