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City crews still working to remove sand from Wichita streets

Sand covers the sidewalk on Seneca north of Douglas. City street crews dumped 7,000 tons of sand over 1,500 lane-miles of ice-covered emergency routes in a snowstorm in early February, after snow removal efforts failed during the winter’s first major storm. (March 13, 2014)
Sand covers the sidewalk on Seneca north of Douglas. City street crews dumped 7,000 tons of sand over 1,500 lane-miles of ice-covered emergency routes in a snowstorm in early February, after snow removal efforts failed during the winter’s first major storm. (March 13, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Wichita public works officials are still trying to remove sand from the city’s streets.

Joe Pajor, the city’s deputy director of public works and utilities, said Thursday morning the sand removal operation is still in its infancy. City officials are examining methods to remove the sand, and the cost of that work.

“We have barely begun, because we have so much to remove,” he said.

Pajor said earlier Thursday morning that city officials planned to update the sand removal effort during the daily 10 a.m. police briefing. That appearance was canceled due to the status of the sand removal operation.

City street crews dumped 7,000 tons of sand over 1,500 lane-miles of ice-covered emergency routes in a snowstorm in early February, after snow removal efforts failed during the winter’s first major storm.

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