How much salt do our towns use in an average winter?
Bob Mascianica, deputy commissioner of public works for the Town of Bedford, says that in a typical winter storm anywhere from 100 to 400 tons of salt is used, mixed with sand. “If we get two storms a month, that’s between 200 and 800 tons,” Mascianica explains. “Say the winter is three months long, we could be using anywhere between 600 and 2,400 tons.”
He adds that the town tries to use salt in moderation and so far hasn’t run into any shortages. Mascianica says the salt is sourced from Atlantic Salt.
“We have a shed here in Bedford Hills with a 200-ton capacity, and another location where we can store 700 tons; all in all, we have storage for about 1,200-pound capacity.” Vinnie Duffield, the superintendent of highways in Pound Ridge, says that Pound Ridge uses about 1,100 tons of salt in an average year. “We also use magnesium chloride when temps get low,” he notes.
In Pound Ridge, a mixture of salt and sand are used on hills, corners, and intersections during storms; following the storm, the roads are post-treated with sodium chloride to keep the roads safe.