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Road crews eye sand/salt alternatives


February 14, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town is exploring using a new substance to help clear roads of snow and ice that would reduce cleanup costs.

If other towns' use of similar materials is any indicator, Southbridge could greatly benefit from the new approach.

After consulting with other local communities, Department of Public Works Director Kenneth Kalinowski said he was considering using "ClearLane" on town roads — salt treated with magnesium chloride, colored green.

While no decision has been made, the director said he may buy a couple of hundred gallons of ClearLane as a trial run.

Using ClearLane could reduce costs, the director said, because "per ton you get more miles out of it." Despite paying more for treated salt, Kalinowski said additional savings come from having to do less cleanup of the material in the spring.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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