South Fayette using antiskid material to save on salt

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To save on road salt, South Fayette crews have been using a combination of salt and antiskid material to melt snow.

“Instead of throwing just straight salt, we’ve been mixing recently a lot heavier on the antiskid, basically to preserve salt,” township manager Ryan Eggleston told commissioners last week.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation also uses antiskid material — a mixture of small stones and sand—to improve road conditions during snowstorms, according to the PennDOT website.

The antiskid material, resembling pebbles, will be cleaned up when warmer weather arrives, Mr. Eggleston said in a letter to residents and business owners Tuesday.

Due to statewide road salt shortages, South Fayette is being cautious with its remaining 300 tons of salt by mixing it with some of the township’s 350 tons of antiskid, he said.

“With our supply also low, we decided to take a proactive approach to making our salt supply go farther,” Mr. Eggleston said.

About 125 tons of combined material is needed to treat the township’s 60 miles of road, he said.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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