As salt prices climb, Wisconsin looks to brine for a cheaper, better solution

Wisconsin plans to spend close to $108 million to restock state and local governments with about 1.42 million tons of road salt this winter, an increasingly expensive habit that some are trying to change.

The cost of salt, which represents 40% of the state’s winter maintenance budget, has grown from less than $30 per ton in 2000 to nearly $78 per ton this year — marking a 167% increase over the last two decades, according to data provided by the state Department of Transportation.

“It’s just shooting up … cost is a big thing,” said James Hughes, DOT’s chief maintenance engineer. “All of that money goes out of our state, out of our economy.”

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