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updated: 1/31/2014 4:47 PM

Sugar Grove saving salt for busiest streets

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Sugar Grove village officials announced Friday the village is saving its road salt for primary streets, as its supply dwindles and replenishment is uncertain.

According to a memo emailed to residents, the village will focus salt-spreading on primary streets. It will do "conservative" salting of residential areas, but expects those streets to remain snow covered.

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Primary streets include Park, Snow and Main streets, Black Walnut Trail Drive, Queensgate Circle and similar thoroughfares, according to village President Sean Michels.

The village's crew had responded to 31 "snow events" this winter, and have used 2,500 tons of salt through Friday afternoon. Michels said the village has been mixing its rock salt with sand and a calcium chloride de-icer to stretch it.

The village's first priority streets are those that lead directly to state and county arterial roadways. The second priority for plowing are streets that lead directly to first-priority streets.

Third are cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets.

The village's snow removal operation is explained in a brochure on its website,

sugar-grove.il.us/Dept_PW/Snow%20&%20Ice%20Removal.pdf.

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