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Old 07-18-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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As you can see salting the roads is a necessity and a life saver
You can replace tires and wheels but you cant replace your life

alternative to the salt was believe it or not a mixture of a chemical and beet juice
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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LOL of course. Chicago is famous for its winters.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I think a combination of cinders, sand and salt works pretty good. They might be able to do the same thing with Potassium chloride which is environmentally friendly and not nearly as destructive and sodium chloride.

Chrome rusts; stainless steel does not. .
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Old 07-18-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think a combination of cinders, sand and salt works pretty good. They might be able to do the same thing with Potassium chloride which is environmentally friendly and not nearly as destructive and sodium chloride.

Chrome rusts; stainless steel does not. .
Potassium chloride is also insanely expensive compared to regular ol' rock salt. Current going rate for KCl is over $300 per ton. Compare to roughly $65 per ton for standard rock salt.

And stainless steel most certainly does rust when exposed to a combination of salt and water long enough and often enough. All the 15-year-old rusting hulks you see plying the streets of various northern locales are made of stainless steel.
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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yes, the city gov salts the streets and most property owners salt the sidewalks, too!
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Chicago streets are salted BIG TIME. Mayoral elections can be won or lost based on how well the snow is removed. Any mayor wanting to keep his/her job, will continue this practice-even if it means over-salting.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Chicago streets are salted BIG TIME. Mayoral elections can be won or lost based on how well the snow is removed. Any mayor wanting to keep his/her job, will continue this practice-even if it means over-salting.
This is a bit of an overstatement. One mayoral election was lost due to a blizzard and how then Mayor Bilandic handled it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL SouthWest Suburbs
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Vlajos, I agree with Cubsoxfan on this one
The condition of roads and the removal can be a huge spotlight
take for example if they run out of salt like a few years back

countless people whether right or wrong blame it on the mayors or village boards
same goes as potholes in an area

seems its just a touch subject for some
even though most people with a level mind know you can project a season that has a lot of snow and ice
or even the thaw freeze cycle that causes the craters called potholes
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Kent, Washington
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All the 15-year-old rusting hulks you see plying the streets of various northern locales are made of stainless steel.

I think you're confusing stainless with galvanized.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Yes Chicago does a very good job of salting and keeping the main roads plowed. Although some of the alleys and side streets might take longer to get to. The suburbs are the same way, although I can't speak for all the burbs I know most of them keep up with the winter conditions.
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