Onalaska Department of Public Works to switch to use salt brine for winter road maintenance

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – A statewide group of organizations, called Wisconsin Salt Wise, stopped by Onalaska’s public works facility to talk about protecting fresh water during winter.

Leaders say salt on roads during the winter ends up in our fresh water and permanently pollutes it.

Several workers from the La Crosse area joined in on the discussions.

A big point of emphasis was using rock salt less often, and switching to better alternatives like salt brine, which is used in liquid form.

Officials say salt brine is effective at cleaning roads because it saves salt, time and money.

“There are a lot of communities that are seeing actually better results,” Wisconsin Salt Wise sustainability and development coordinator Allison Madison said. “They are able to get to clear roads faster with salt brine.”

Madison says the city of Onalaska is switching from using rock salt to salt brine for winter maintenance.

But whichever salt is used, it is important to get your car washed after driving on winter roads.

If not treated properly, salt can corrode parts under your car.