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State spent $3 million last week to clear Kansas highways

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 7:40 a.m.


Kansas Department of Transportation said Monday it spent $3 million last week to clear the state’s highways.

After a storm that saw double-digit snowfalls in many parts of the state, KDOT plowed and treated 565,000 lane miles of highways from late Feb. 3 through Feb 5, agency spokesman Steve Swartz said.

Nearly 600 dump trucks were used to plow the lanes and dump 345,000 gallons of brine and 29,400 tons of sand or sand and salt mix, KDOT said.

The figures don’t include lane miles cleared on the Kansas Turnpike, which has its own maintenance crews and funding for clearing.

State crews are back on the roads this week in the wake of another snowstorm that moved across the state Sunday and Monday, although the amount of snow was far less than last week.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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