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When do you apply salt to the roadways?

Category: Twp Roads/PW
  • Prior to the onset of frozen participation, and providing pavement temperatures are favorable, anti-icing operations will occur on all township roads by pretreating with liquid salt (brine).  In some cases, depending on the forecast, secondary roads may not get pretreated.
  • Anti-icing is a policy which involves spreading salt as early as possible to prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement surface and keeping it in a plowable condition.
  • Anti-icing significantly reduces the amount of salt needed to maintain our roadways in a passable condition.
  • Chemicals used for anti-icing in Hamilton are currently liquid salt (brine) and solid salt, prewetted with magnesium or calcium chloride.
  • The neighborhood roads will normally be treated both prior to the onset of frozen precipitation (providing pavement temperatures and forecast accumulations are in an acceptable range) and after an event has ended if snow pack has occurred on those roads.
Updated 2/28/2012 11:13 AM
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