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Road crews take on the icy northern Michigan roads

Crews are working around the clock to keep up, putting mostly salt on the roads, or a 50/50 salt/sand mix.

WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- It’s been a busy last five weeks for commission crews, and Thursday was no different.

However, the road commission manger in Wexford County says the change in weather, rain fall, and icy conditions make things difficult.

“We’re going to go through a lot of material if it keeps doing what it is right now,” said Allen Cooper, the Wexford County Road Commission Manager. “Normally we can put [salt] down, it will work three, to three and a half hours, but this kind of weather when it’s raining it likes to dilute the salt so it doesn’t last as long.”

That means hitting the same roads more often, and more than once.

Other crews are also working around the clock to keep up, putting mostly salt on the roads, or a 50/50 salt/sand mix.

“It does require quite a bit more salt, the icing nothing really helps except salt,” Matt Skeels, the Benzie County Road Commission Manager said. “Salt is very expensive this year and obviously it’s more expensive than sand.”

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