Saginaw snow plowing continues without salt
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:31:30 GMT —
MDOTâ??s decision to not use salt is not without purpose; however, residents are ready for relief on the roadways.
"These streets here, I mean people canâ??t get out of here," said Saginaw resident Joe Nava.
More than 72 hours since dropping more than a foot of snow in Saginaw the snowstorms lasting effects are hampering Nava. He's asking what it will take to clear the roads.
"The salt will work sometimes," said Nava.
Below 20 degrees salt doesn't work, if used under current weather conditions MDOT says salt use could create havoc on the roadway.
â??If the pavements become wet it could actually increase the freezing process," said MDOT spokeswoman Anita Richardson.
Already icy roads near Nava's home are bad enough. A short trip to get the GM retiree's medication is even difficult.
"When we came back we didn't know if we were going to make it," said Nava.
Ruling out salt, Nava questions another option for MDOT.
"Put sand on it, I don't know what it would do to the sewer," said Nava.
His concern about sand is being shared by his transportation department.
"We don't want to go from one problem with ice and snow and then have another problem with the sewage system," said Richardson.
For now MDOT says they are sticking to basics. Scraping roads and calling in massive augers to clear whatâ??s left of the deep freeze.
"Something better could be done but in the meantime you just go with the flow I guess," said Nava.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says they are going to wait for temperatures closer to the freezing mark before salting their roads.