Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monterey Tries New Strategy For Clearing Roads

Monterey's Hilltop Express newspaper is reporting that the town will be trying an alternative to spreading salt as they try to keep local roads clear this winter.  The paper says the town has just about used up all of its road salt and is on what's described as "a long waiting list" for more. So now, the Monterey Street Department will be trying another product called a “winter abrasive.” They've ordered 19 tons of it. Officials say it's a mixture of sand and calcium chloride which absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and chemically heats up. They say road salt runs the town around $73 per ton, while thewinter abrasive will be around $50 a ton.