Why do we salt the roadways in the winter?

Salt is used to make the roadways safer during the winter. It lowers the freezing point of snow and ice and keeps the snow "workable" so it is more easily removed. Salt can be used for anti-icing, de-icing, or melting. Anti-icing is a technique where chloride is applied to the roadway prior to a storm to prevent the snow/ice from bonding to the pavement. De-icing and melting is when chloride is applied after the storm has begun in order to break up ice and snow pack or to melt glare/black ice.

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1. Who is responsible for my road?
2. How do I report a pothole/road issue?
3. How do I report damage to my mailbox?
4. How do I report a dead deer?
5. Why do we salt the roadways in the winter?
6. What are the limitations of road salt?
7. Why doesn’t the County use more sand?
8. Am I allowed to pass a snowplow?
9. Who determines when the snowplows are called out?
10. Why is it that I never seem to see a snowplow during a winter storm?
11. Why the difference in performance from storm to storm?
12. Why are you spraying water on the roadway on a perfectly clear day?