- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Officials in eastern Oregon are considering salting roads in hopes that the measure will reduce car accidents.

The Argus Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1N6NKWG ) that the Ontario City Council discussed road salt at its Thursday meeting. CH2M Hill Deputy Public Works Director Dave Van Wagoner says he has been interested in a road salt pilot program for a year and a half.

Ontario currently uses a combination of magnesium chloride and sand. Van Wagoner says the sand gives vehicles more traction while the magnesium chloride helps keep ice from forming.

City councilors expressed concerns about salt rusting cars and changing the Snake River’s salinity. Van Wagoner said the amount of salt used would be unlikely to cause those problems.

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Information from: Argus Observer, http://www.argusobserver.com

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