(WICHITA, Kan.) — The heat is posing problem for more than just farmers and their crops. The heat can also cause damage to roadways and the workers who have to fix them. Over the years the Kansas Department of Transportation has developed ways to keep its workers safe in the heat.
The state's roadwork can't come to a stop just because it's hot out. Grass must still be mowed, roads repaired, and debris collected.
So when the thermometer hits the triple digits, the Kansas Department of Transportation institutes a series of precautions designed to keep its workers safe.
“We take water out every day,” said Pat Engstrom, a KDOT worker. “We have a container that we fill full of ice. KDOT supplies the ice.”