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Snow and Salt Make Driving in Winter Weather Easier

Springfield DPW saltAGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) – Sand a salt are the most effective ways to deal with icy road conditions and each has its own benefits.

Sand works as an abrasive material that prevents sliding and its more cost effective.

“It gives it a little more traction, keeps people from sliding in the snow,” said “Salt is $100. Sand and salt is $65.”

Richard at John’s Trucking in Agawam said they also use a combination of sand and salt on the roads. But most towns are choosing salt to melt the ice. It has become a more popular method.

“This entire shed was filled on Tuesday before this winter storm, but as you can see it’s only half filled now and this salt is expected to be gone by the end of the day today,” he said.

But salt is proven to work, as long as the temperature is not too low.

“It’s very effective about 30 degrees. When you get below 25 degrees salt by itself doesn’t break the snow and ice so we actually add liquid calcium,” said Al Chwalek of Springfield DPW.

Much below 15 degrees, there is not much that can be done at all to break the ice and get to pavement, which is why this storm may be challenging.

“Go through a thousand tons just for this storm. We average about 400-500 tons,” said Richard.

Springfield DPW crews have been out since 11:00 PM Wednesday night treating the roads before temperatures drop even more.