North Metro Cities Partner to Reduce Road Salt

Created: 11/12/2012 1:16 PM By: Jennie Olson

Several North Metro cities are partnering to reduce the amount of road salt used this winter.

Centerville, Lino Lakes, Hugo, Circle Pines, Lexington, and Columbus received a $65,000 grant from the Rice Creek Watershed District to join a sodium chloride reduction program. The grant covers 40 percent of the costs, and each city will chip in for the remainder.

The money will buy anti-icing equipment that applies a liquid salt brine to roads before snow storms. City officials say salt brine works faster and at lower temperatures than dry salt.

City workers will also be trained to use the minimum amount of salt necessary.

The program is expected to reduce the amount of road salt needed each winter by about 40 percent, according to Circle Pines city officials. This means about 600 pounds of salt won’t end up in local ponds and lakes.