Monday, August 3, 2015

Winter: Salt record falls

Not surpisingly, PennDOT has spread a record amount on roads this winter.

Winter: Salt record falls

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As of today – and this number almost certainly will grow – the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has spread 157,815 tons of salt in its Philadelphia region.

That’s easily a record, surpassing the winter of 2009-10, the snowiest on record, during which it used 142,768 tons.

In all likelihood, the 2013-14 number is going to keep going up. Snow is in the forecast for next week, and it might come in two different batches.

Here are the top 5 salt-use winters.

2013-14

157,815

2009-10

142,768

2010-11

134,516

1995-96

104,181

2003-04

95,843

 

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