Come winter, communities rely on this mineral to make the roads a safer place.
From blizzards to spontaneous flurries, the harsh weather that accompanies the winter season can paralyze highways and render previously safe roads incredibly hazardous. Without regular salting, the roads would remain undrivable for the duration of the snowy months.
Inevitably, residents bemoan the way that salt sticks to their shoes and car tires. But for all its mess, the 22 million tons of road salt scattered across America’s roads annually are essential to keeping roadways safe and efficient: it’s estimated that salt reduces collisions by 88%. Timely salt distribution has a tremendous return on investment, generally paying for itself within 25 minutes of application.
With such a palpable impact, it’s clear that road salt is vital to the continued operation of precipitation-prone communities. Find out how this commodity makes its way from the mines onto the roads.