GREEN BAY — The
Wisconsin Department of Transportation is telling counties to
conserve their limited road salt supplies in case the state gets
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
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."
have been running short on salt with the harsh winter.
The state started
using a sand-salt mixture in January, as did many local
are telling drivers to slow down as roads won't be as dry as
say salt prices are high, and they'll be saving remaining supplies
for hazardous weather that put drivers at risk.
is getting in a situation of freezing rain," he said.
"That's what really gobbles up salt."