Do you sand and salt gravel roads?

No. Salt and sand are only applied to hard surfaced roads due to the damage it can cause to rock roads. Gravel roads that become slick are roughed up with a motor grader to provide better traction. In some cases, lime, rock chips, sand, or rock is applied to the surface. 

Salt on a gravel road causes maintenance problems as the road begins to thaw out, often making conditions worse. As the salt melts the snow/ice, it causes the salt and water solution to penetrate into the road surface. This causes the road surface to break up and loosens the previously hard packed surface. This process will continue to progress into the base of the road and can create a quicksand like effect. Further damage to the road can occur as vehicles drive over the road because they sink into the road instead of riding across the top. 

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1. When will my road be plowed?
2. What are your hours of operation for winter snow removal?
3. How do you decide if crews will plow outside of normal hours of operation?
4. Do you sand and salt gravel roads?
5. How long does it take to clear a Secondary Road snow route?
6. The post office will not deliver my mail because of the snow in front of my mailbox. Will the County be out to remove this snow?
7. Why did the snow plow push snow beyond the edge of the road?
8. My mailbox was destroyed by your plow. Are you going to replace it?