Winter Maintenance

Each year for the past 10 years, Minnesota has applied about 200,000 tons of salt on the state highways. In addition, we use probably the same amount again on our city and county roads, parking lots, sidewalks and driveways. These chemicals stay in our environment and out of our thinking since they are “invisible.”

Connie Fortin’s expertise highlights the environmental concerns about the use of roadsalt and how winter maintenance professionals can take practical and cost-saving steps to reduce their application rate. Examples of  her work can  be found in a variety of locations, including: Roads & Bridges magazine, in Fear for Water.

She also discusses how changes in public expectations and behaviors could help reduce salt use:

Minnesota LTAP Technology Exchange Vol. 24 No. 1
“Tap Water Is Getting Saltier, and the Reason Is Winter” by Bloomberg Environment
“Clear Conditions” by Roads and Bridges magazine

We are happy to talk to you about winter maintenance and/or training opportunities!

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