ALTON ( KTVI)- States throughout the county are dealing with a crisis, a shortage of rock salt to help melt ice on roadways. However , that's not the case in Alton Illinois. Alton's Public Works Director , Bob Barnhart says the City of Alton is in good shape. The department is adding the 3/16-inch crushed stone aggregate and cinders to help stretch the salt application. Alton stocked up on road salt last summer .
Barnhart also says the chemicals also helps motorist' traction. " Adding the aggregate in there to be used as an ice control will allow drivers to get more traction especially in our city because we have a lot of hills and brick streets. As you know, hills and ice don't' mix,"said Barnhart. The Public Works Director went on to say ," when it rains or the pavement warms, the salt melts and wash away. With the aggregate and the cinder it will provide traction on the wet streets. "Salt was $40 a ton last summer and now more than $300 a ton." We keep more than we need on hand so we are prepared," said Barnhart.
The city says it will not order any more salt until this summer when prices are expected to decline .