Salt Institute Honors Snowfighters for Protecting Motorists and the Environment

snowfightersSalt Institute Honors Snowfighters for Protecting Motorists and the Environment
Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Awards given to 90 facilities; 9 for first time

The Salt Institute is honoring 90 transportation facilities across the United States and Canada with its 2013 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting award recognizing environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.

Clear winter roads protect lives and commerce. Every winter, more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 killed as a result of pavement that is snow, slush or ice covered, according to the federal government. But studies of highways in Snow Belt states and Canada showed that road salt reduces crashes by 88 to 93 percent.

When the direct and indirect impact of road shutdowns on the broader economy is factored in, road salt becomes even more valuable. A one-day major snowstorm can cost a state $300-$700 million in direct and indirect costs, lost commerce and productivity. In fact, deicing pays for itself within the first 25 minutes after the salt is spread—making proper salt storage and timely deicing a smart investment.

“These facilities have cleared a high bar,” said Salt Institute President Lori Roman. “For example, in minimizing salt runoff alone, 10 specific recommendations must be met.”

About 17 million tons of deicing salt is applied to roadways in the U.S. each year and another six million tons are spread in Canada. Having enough road salt on hand before storms hit requires advance planning and facilities that provide safe and efficient storage. Winners must also display proper maintenance and good housekeeping practices.

“The familiar sight of trucks spreading salt on icy winter roads gives motorists reassurance, as it should,” said Roman. “If that salt was stored in and spread by a facility honored with a Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting award, motorists have the added assurance of knowing the utmost care has been taken to protect public safety and the environment.” A complete list of winners by state is available on the Salt Institute website.


The Salt Institute is a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.

2013 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award Recipients

City of Fort Collins, Street Department

Southington Highway Maintenance Facility, Southington CT
Brook Street Pile Salt Shed #119, Wethersfield, CT
Farmington, #252, Rocky Hill, CT
Vernon Maintenance, Vernon, CT
Glastonbury Maintenance Facility, Glastonbury, CT

City of West Des Moines, West Des Moines, IA

Lake in the Hills Public Works, Lake in the Hills, IL
Village of Algonquin, Algonquin, IL
Village of Lake Zurich, Lake Zurich, IL
Village of Mount Prospect PW, Mount Prospect, IL
Village of Hanover Park, Hanover Park, IL
City of Geneva Dept. of Public Works, Geneva, IL
Village of Arlington Heights, Arlington Heights, IL
Village of Buffalo Grove, Buffalo Grove, IL
McHenry County Highway Dept., Woodstock, IL
Village of Addison Public Works, Addison, IL

Greensburg Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Linton Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Aurora Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Paoli Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Tipton Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Gary Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Bluffton Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Winchester Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Rensselaer Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Cambridge City Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Fort Wayne Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Chesterton Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Markle Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Michigan City Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Sullivan Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Westfield Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Albany Sub district, Indianapolis, IN
Alexandria Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Dale Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN
Wabash Maintenance Unit, Indianapolis, IN

City of Olathe Salt Storage Facility, Olathe, KS

Lexington DPW, Lexington, MA

L’anse Garage, Lanse, MI

North Carolina:
City of Concord DOT, Concord, NC

New Jersey:
Mount Laurel Yard #468, Mount Laurel, NJ
Glassboro Yard #417, Glassboro, NJ
West Deptford Yard #413, West Deptford, NJ
Berlin Yard #415, Berlin, NJ
Cumberland County Complex Yard, Bridgeton, NJ
Cherry Hill Yard #411, Cherry Hill, NJ
Cumberland Yard #426, Cumberland, NJ
Folsom Yard #451, Folsom, NJ
Deepwater Yard #425, Pennsville, NJ
Elmer Yard #420, Elmer, NJ
Red Lion Yard #434, Southampton, NJ

New York:
Town of North Salem Highway Department, North Salem, NY
Town of Orangetown Highway Dept., Orangeburg, NY

Danielsville Stockpile – Northhampton County, Danielsville, PA
Tylersburg Stockpile 10-3, Shippenville, PA
Hope Road Stockpile #03, Easton, PA
Newburg Stockpile – Northampton County, Nazareth, PA
I-80 Stockpile 10-3, Shippenville, PA
Pen Argyl Stockpile 07, Easton, PA
New Bethlehem Stockpile, Shippenville, PA
Main Facility PENN DOT 10-3, Shippenville, PA
Callensburg Stockpile, Callensburg, PA
Kittanning PENN DOT 10-10, Kittanning, PA
Nuangola, Stock Pile #16 Luzerne County, Ashley, PA
Retreat Stock Pile #06 Luzerne County, Ashley, PA
Sybertsville – Stockpile 10, Ashley, PA
Sugar Notch, Stockpile 18, Ashley, PA
Dupont, Stockpile 14, Ashley, PA

City of Roanoke PW Salt Storage Facility, Roanoke, VA

Fond du Lac County Hwy. Commission, Fond du Lac, WI

Brunway Highway Operations Inc. District 1 St. Leonard, Hanwell, NB
River Glade Depot, Oromocto, NB
Bagdad Depot, Oromocto, NB
Oromocto Depot, Oromocto, NB
Mazerolle Depot, Oromocto, NB
Brunway Highway Operations Inc. District 3 Meductic, Hanwell, NB
Brunway Highway Operations Inc. District 2 Centreville, Hanwell, NB
Transfield Dexter Gateway Hampton Depot Services, LTD, Hampton, NB
Transfield Dexter Gateway, Musquash Depot, Musquash, NB
Transfield Dexter Gateway, Waweig Depot, Waweig, NB
Transfield Dexter Gateway, Springdale Depot, Penobsquis, NB
City of Brampton Williams Parkway Yard, Brampton, ON
City of Brampton Sandalwood Parkway, Brampton, ON
Clarkson Works Yard, Mississauga, ON
Mavis District Works Yard, Mississauga, ON
Malton District Works Yard, Mississauga, ON
Meadowvale District Works Yard, Mississauga, ON
Copper Road Yard Winter Materials Storage Dome, Brampton, ON


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