By Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)
Enjoy the dry roads while you can, because soon sleet and snow will slow you down. And once the snow starts falling, Kansas roads may stay slippery longer. KDOT says the $50 million recently cut from its budget will impact how well it treats the roads.
"Public safety is still the priority, but we can only work within the boundaries of the resources given to us," said KDOT spokesman Tom Hein. Hein says given the budget cuts, they're conserving resources like salt and fuel. "We won't be able to do as much coverage as we did before. We may be slower on cleaning some areas and they may not be cleaned as well as in the past," he said.
KDOT says it may also have to park some of its plows because it doesn't have the manpower to run them all. In Wichita, KDOT is down 12 snow plow operators. It's had to keep vacant positions open. "We're certainly being more careful in how we line up our work force."