This article reports on how the City of Toronto updated its salt management practices to keep the use of salt to a minimum and reduce costs and damage to the environment from its applications. Among the steps taken were: converting about 45% of the 200 deicing trucks so that the could use liquid anti-icing and pre-wetting products; create new training programs and present them to staff; upgrade salt storage facilities; acquired more snow melters to reduce the need for snow dumps; and establish salt working groups in Toronto and partnering with groups in other cities. New record-keeping systems were created to make it easier to monitor salt use by route and by vehicle. The city now requires electronic dispensing controls on all salt contractors' trucks and most of the city's in-house fleet so that the rate of salt flow and spinner speed can be regulated to make sure most of it stays on the road, not on the shoulder. The city also mixes sand with salt when conditions permit and pre-wets the road salt to cut down on over-spray and speed salt's effectiveness. Snow dumping sites were also re-organized and engineered in order to ensure run-off.

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    James Informational Media, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Welsh, G
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


  • English

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 24-27
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  • Accession Number: 00989423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 2005 12:00AM