(3/5/14) Wisconsin officials have told county highway departments to conserve on road salt, to make sure there's enough for the rest of this snowy winter.
The D-O-T contracts with counties to keep state and federal highways clear of snow and ice. Today, officials said about 135-thousand tons of road salt remain available, after the winter began with a 775-thousand ton stockpile. Officials say about a half-million tons of salt are used on state highways each winter -- but as we know, this is far from a normal winter. Under the D-O-T's new guidelines, counties are being told to use sand-and-salt mixtures on lesser-used highways, reduced salt applications on busy non-Interstate routes, and no changes on the I-system itself. Also, the state said counties should pre-wet salt before applying it. That's because less salt is generally needed when it sticks to the roadways.