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Wis. cities mix sand with salt to stretch supplies

  • Associated Press
  • February 4, 2014 - 4:30 PM

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee and surrounding communities have started mixing sand with salt to stretch their supplies.

The city of Milwaukee began using a combination of two-thirds rock salt and one-third sand on side streets on Saturday. Department of Public Works communications manager Sandy Rusch Walton says the city is still using salt on main streets.

The suburb of Waukesha has been mixing sand and salt for a couple of weeks.

Director of Public Works Fred Abadi says Waukesha has gone through about 8,500 tons of salt so far and is becoming stingier as the winter drags on. The city usually uses 8,500 tons for an entire winter.

Still, public works officials say they'll have enough salt to get through the winter.

Another snowstorm is expected to hit southeastern Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

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