Ask Joe: Is NDOT cutting back on sanding of the roads ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 12/11/2013 6:52 pm
Question:
Richard Wood is an assistant fire chief out in Rye Patch and he says he commutes between Rye Patch and Winnemucca every day.  He says he noticed the snow plows and sand trucks have not been putting down as much sand as they used to and he wonders if there's a reason for that ?  He says he's noticed more accidents  along that stretch with our recent storm.

Answer:
It's an interesting question especially with our recent air quality issues. Is NDOT using less sand on purpose to try to minimize the amount of particulates that wind up in the air ?
I checked with Scott Magruder over at NDOT about this.  He says they have not cut back on the use of sand or salt on the roads. Magruder says it is simply safety first when it comes to the roads and they worry about air quality and finances later,  even if it means a trip to the interim finance committee to get approval for extra funding.
So they have not cut back, and Magruder says he is not aware of an increase in accidents along that stretch either.

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Kramer - 12/12/2013 3:31 PM
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taxpayers should rely on TV talking head for any inquiries to State Agencies.
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