Thursday, June 16, 2016

How Much Is Road Salt Costing Us? has announced a new campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding site for nonprofits, community groups and municipalities. is raising money to help fund a study to calculate the cost of bridge maintenance and repair correlated with the amount of road salt used by counties.

The project will be live for 60 days on Adirondack Gives website, and includes a short video. The goal is to raise $4,500. was founded in 2011, and aims to get things done for the Adirondacks by taking on non-partisan, non-controversial projects. Currently, initiatives include road-salt reduction, water quality protection, universal broadband access, use of technology in the public schools, Monarch butterfly conservation and promoting Adirondack art. is a not-for-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3).

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4 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    This is a good question. But it is probably one that is difficult to figure out. There are so many variable going on at the same time. Seems like they will need a lot more than $4500 to get the answer to this question.

  2. Boreas says:

    Don’t forget to include the cost to motor vehicles. I would still be driving my 1962 LeSabre if it weren’t for the tin worm.

    • Jim S. says:

      Your 1963 LeSabre might have been wrapped around a tree without road salt.

      • Boreas says:

        Perhaps. I learned to drive in the snow belt so I used chains. 5 years in Syracuse dissolved the Buick and about a dozen other cars. The human species survived nearly half a century driving in snow without salt. It is possible – just requires skill & forethought. The problem is no one wants to buy proper tires, drive slow, and learn the proper skills.

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