Road Commissions Say TheyÂ?ve Got Enough Salt 11-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Road Commissions Say TheyÂ?ve Got Enough Salt 11-03-2010

Mid-Michigan could see the winter season’s first snowflakes this week, and that means the frigid months are closing in.
It also means snow, shovels and salt for road crews, but last year there was a salt shortage, making it difficult to get roads cleared and ice-free.
In Michigan, the use of road salt is a common way to deice the roads and make them less slippery, and a shortage of salt could put drivers at risk for accidents.
In order to avoid these accidents and alleviate dangerous road conditions, TV5 decided to ask several Mid-Michigan counties if they were concerned about the salt supply.
TV5 spoke with the Midland County Road Commission to see if they felt prepared for the winter months.
“Right now things are looking really well,” said Midland County Road Commission superintendent Sam Miguel. “Sometimes, in the winters when the temperatures are really low, MDOT does want us to use salt-sand mix when the temps are really cold and the salt does not seem to be working. So that way they have some grip for the traction.”
The Tuscola County Road Commission said it recently received about 895 tons of salt to spread on roadways this winter. Tuscola County also said they will be receiving another shipment in January or February and they believe they will have enough to get through this season.
The Genesee County Road Commission told TV5 they’ve got enough salt to take them through February and at that point, they’ll decide if they need another shipment.
They both also mentioned that the size of shipments is about the same as last year's season.
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