Kansas Department of Transportation crews are preparing for a state wide winter storm

In anticipation of a state wide winter storm Kansas Department of Transportation crews are prepared for the event.

“Crews are already out there pretreating the highways where they can,” said Peter Carttar, Assistant Bureau Chief in Construction and Maintenance for KDOT. “At this point we are doing our best to prep for the storm and when it hits we know we have done what we can to prepare and the rest is up to Mother Nature.”

KDOT is monitoring the storm and crews are ready to get to work keeping the highways safe.

“Our guys are eager to get out there,” Carttar said. “And they’ll do what they can to keep the roads clear.”

KDOT provides motorists information so they can be prepared in inclement weather as well. Call 511 in Kansas (1-866-511-KDOT (5368) outside the state), check travel information on KDOT’s website at www.kandrive.org or visit http://511mm.ksdot.org on your mobile device.

Travelers may now subscribe to free text or e-mail message alerts about current conditions on the routes they travel. Subscribers to My Kansas 511 select the route, the time of the day and the type of information they want, such as road closures or National

Weather Service warnings. To subscribe, visit www.kandrive.org, KDOT’s traveler information portal, and select “Plan Your Drive” or “Get More Travel Info.”

“We know this is going to be a tough one,” Carttar said. “The way that the public can help us is by staying home. If you don’t have to drive, then don’t.”