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Salt use in Irondequoit already higher than all of last winter combined

The salt barn in Irondequoit was filled to the top at the beginning of this winter. Now, it's significantly lower. That amounts to approximately 5,100 tons of salt. In the 2017 winter season, the town used a little more than 4,300 tons of salt. (WHAM photo)

Irondequoit, N.Y. (WHAM) - Roads in towns along Lake Ontario are starting to get a little slippery Thursday.

In Irondequoit, town supervisor Dave Seeley said the town has used more salt in the last 2-3 weeks of December than they did in the first few months of 2017.

The salt barn in Irondequoit was filled to the top at the beginning of this winter. Now, it's significantly lower. That amounts to approximately 5,100 tons of salt. In the 2017 winter season, the town used a little more than 4,300 tons of salt.

Seeley said this is what the town budget is for; there are no concerns of a salt shortage in the town.

Seeley said it may see like the town is going through their supply a lot more, but that isn't the case.

"I actually checked the amount of snowfall, it's on average," Seeley said. "It's just the combination of the consistent snowfall coupled with the cold temperatures - the snow isn't melting, so there's the consistent need to put the salt on the road just to make sure we're trying to put a dent in the surface."

As for the effectiveness of salt on the roads in these temperatures, Seeley said Irondequoit just switched over to a new type of treatment called "fire rock." He said it is more effective.

While some road salt works at 18 degrees, fire rock works at a lower temperature of -13 degrees.

That effectiveness at a lower temperature was on display Thursday morning, as much of the pavement stayed clear in the town, despite heavy snow. It is also better for the environment and less corrosive on vehicles.

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