Wisconsin tells counties to conserve road salt
- Associated Press
- March 6, 2014 - 7:55 PM
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is telling counties to conserve their limited road salt supplies in case the state gets freezing rain.
Press-Gazette Media reports (http://gbpg.net/NXq2SB ) counties have been asked to hold off on salting backbone routes such as state Highways 41, 151, 23 and 26. Interstates will still be salted.
"In an effort to stretch our salt supply while keeping our road surfaces clear and safe, we are now using sand-salt on Highway 45 and Highway 67 and using salt brine on roads with higher traffic volumes like Highway 151," said Ryan Sommer, Fond du Lac County highway engineer. "In the past we typically only used salt brine on bridge decks."
Municipalities have been running short on salt with the harsh winter.
The state started using a sand-salt mixture in January, as did many local communities.
State officials are telling drivers to slow down as roads won't be as dry as usual.
County officials say salt prices are high, and they'll be saving remaining supplies for hazardous weather that put drivers at risk.
"Our concern is getting in a situation of freezing rain," he said. "That's what really gobbles up salt."
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