My county is out of salt...but the roads look better.

@uath13 (8227)
United States
January 27, 2011 10:51am CST
My county ran out of salt before the last snowstorm. In the previous ones they'd used up tons & the roads were still a slushy mess. After this last storm all they did was plow. Even though we got twice as much snow as in some of the other storms the roads were actually in better shape. Something just seems odd there. How's the road conditions been in your region?
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@ElicBxn (60147)
• United States
28 Jan 11
our roads are great, but the few times we've gotten below freezing its been dry and tomorrow it might get to 70...
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
28 Jan 11
70?We're doing good to get above freezing.
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@ElicBxn (60147)
• United States
28 Jan 11
and now you know why those who can, come to Texas (or Florida or southern California) in the winter
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
27 Jan 11
Our county puts some kind of chemical down on the roads well before any snow is falling. I'm rather impressed on how well they take care of the roads here. We moved here from another state almost four years ago now. Where we moved from, they would have the salt trucks standing by for when the snow started. Here, the roads are treated with this liquid chemical before the snow hits so there's no rush once the snow starts piling up. So, I'd have to say that the roads, at least the main roads, are always pretty clear, no matter how bad the weather is. Sometimes, if it's snowing too fast or if there is a lot of ice/sleet coming down, it will start laying on the roads but it never lasts long. Now, the side roads, that's a different story. They're plowed but not salted and no chemicals are put down on them. The plows do help initially but, if it starts melting, then re-freezes it turns into ice and that can be bad. At the moment, we are kinda stuck here. We have a long driveway which is off of a private road, then we have to drive on two more roads to get to a main road so it's a bit tricky for the moment. Luckily, it's above freezing now and melting so, hopefully, we won't be snowbound for long.
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
27 Jan 11
Aha! Maybe it's brine they put down on the roads here. (I just read dragon's comment above.)
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
27 Jan 11
My driveway is a 1/4 mile of steep curvy hill in the middle of nowhere so when we got a car road conditions was a major concern. We got an all wheel drive & it works great. Even when everyone else is slipping & sliding we can still get out & going. Best decision we ever made.
@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
27 Jan 11
My county has enough salt to last the winter because they no longer salt the residential streets! After a heavy snow they take care of the main roads and a couple days later they might start plowing the residential streets if we're lucky. Intersections are salted but that's it. They use a lot of brine here to pre-treat the streets before a snow but that's useless when the temps drop to the teens, as they are now. All in all, our roads are pretty good right now. When we ran out of salt a couple of years ago it was a mess and the roads were awful.
@uath13 (8227)
• United States
27 Jan 11
Brine isn't much use here. Typically it rains before the snow hits so the brine just gets washed away. We usually don;t get much snow here, this year is a record.