Seattle's new snow-fighting strategy: salt

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by TIM ROBINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 11, 2009 at 8:04 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 11 at 7:49 PM

SEATTLE - The City of Seattle has new storm-fight policy this year that's supposed to be much better for drivers: salt.

Last year when the snow would fall, sanding trucks would come out. There was sand on top of snow, cars on top of sand on top of snow, which meant roads were packed with an icy, dirty, rock-solid, pot-holey mess.

Snow plows didn't seem to help then, but this year the city is employing a new strategy. Salt is the new weapon in the City of Seattle's arsenal.

This winter's strategy is pre-emptive. When the bad weather starts to roll in, the salt trucks will roll out and drop weather-fighting salt or a salt-brine mixture.

The new recipe is designed to melt snow and ice down to 25 degrees. It's worked well so far the past couple of weeks in these cold temperatures.

Transportation crews have a three-pronged attack. Crews will have the main roads cleared within eight hours of the storm; for less used roads, one lane cleared within eight hours of the storm. For others roads, they'll examine on an as-needed basis.
 

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