Friday, November 28, 2014

KDOT: Crews ready for the snow

By The Herald Staff | 12/20/2013

TOPEKA — Winter officially begins Saturday and the weekend’s weather is expected to reflect the new season, Kansas Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

It’s the time of year KDOT crews shine, Peter Carttar, KDOT assistant bureau chief of maintenance, said.

“It’s really up to Mother Nature now and we’ve done what we can do at this point and now it’s up to her,” Carttar said. “This is the time when our crews have the opportunity to do work that we know the public is going to see and they all are very aware of that. They work in the communities that they live in.”

KDOT is expected to join with other state and local agencies to enhance the safety of travelers before, during and after this weekend’s expected storm, he said.

One of the best ways to stay safe on the road over the next few days and during the holiday travel period is to know the conditions before venturing out, KDOT said in a press release. Travelers can obtain route-specific road conditions and weather by calling 5-1-1. The same information and more can be obtained by visiting the KanDrive website, http://www.kandrive.org, which also has maps, camera views of many routes and more, and the 511 mobile site, http://511mm.ksdot.org. 

Those planning to travel during or after the storm should follow the following safety tips, KDOT said:

• Completely clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights, and use headlights to provide optimum visibility.

• Slow down, accelerate and brake gently, and increase following distance between other vehicles.

• Don’t use cruise control.

• Allow for more travel time.

• Always wear a seat belt, and secure children in the proper child safety seats.

• Slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles and maintenance crews.

• If involved in a traffic crash, or need assistance, call 911.

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