To try to hasten the snow melt, City of Hays Public Works crews have been applying a salt brine to the residential streets. The forecast for slightly warmer weather and the brine mixture is expected to speed the process.
Motorists are advised that this could create more ice potholes for the short term. Crews will then send blades through the areas to try to level out the rutting.
An attempt to reduce the refreeze in some intersections will be done by moving some of the piled snow. This should help drainage from the melt.
The city says these actions are being taken due to the large amount of snow and does not signal a change in policy regarding snow removal.