(Closed) Do they salt the roads where you live?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: When it's icy/snowing main stragedy for the roads are
    Salting : (66 votes)
    46 %
    Sanding : (17 votes)
    12 %
    I don't think it ever gets bad enough to do either : (19 votes)
    13 %
    Neither - but they probably should! : (6 votes)
    4 %
    I don't know : (2 votes)
    1 %
    Both fairly equally : (33 votes)
    23 %
  • Post # 3
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted “sanded” but I think it’s a mix of salt and sand.  They’ve improved vastly in the last 5 years in my area, so now they usually get out and treat the roads ahead of time.  They used to wait until the precipitation had stopped before doing anything to the roads, so we ended up being basically shut down for DAYS if it snowed more than a few inches.  They’re better now thank goodness!

    Post # 4
    5660 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Pretty sure we get sanded. But not down in my neighborhood, only on the surrounding busy roads.

    Post # 5
    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Nope, they do the “plow the main streets and let the side streets remain icy sheets of death for 6 months” strategy.

    Post # 6
    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My state does a salt/sand combination.

    Post # 7
    794 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    They salt and sand, I voted salt though, because I think that’s the main strategy

    Post # 9
    731 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @lolot:  lol, pretty much. 

    Post # 10
    5064 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Yep all our roads get salted & I salt outside our home too. Yay for winter! 😀 

    Post # 11
    46673 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We don’t use a lot of salt. We use liquid magnesium instead. It prevents the ice from bonding to the road and is better for the environment.

    We do use sand ( in someplaces it seems more like gravel).

    Post # 12
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We only get a few bad days a year and typically we have to close schools because we don’t salt or have snow plows or anything. 

    Post # 13
    11068 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @AB Bride: I voted salt but should’ve voted for both equally. Hate the effects it has on your windscreen etc.

    Post # 14
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Lol, I need another option for the Poll… BOTH

    EDIT – Lol see in the time it took me to finish Drafting you added this option (thanks)

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    Eastern Ontario / West Quebec and we see BOTH Salt and Sand (OR Grit… which is a bit chunkier)

    Salt on the Expressways (Ontario 400 Hwy Series / Quebec Autoroutes) and Main Roads & Hwys… Country Roads that aren’t gravel but maybe made of “bitumen / compressed tar” we see often sand on them.

    Salt does a better job in reagards to getting rid of the icy build up, BUT it wrecks havoc on your car… something that sand doesn’t do.

    Something I haven’t seen here in Canada, but have seen in the US south where snow isn’t is common as it is here, is they send out “Salt Brine” trucks… they apply this liquid (not granular) to the road surface whenever they expect bad weather.  You can always tell when the salt brine truck has been thru cause it leaves tell tale lines on the road surface

    Hope this helps,


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