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January 8, 2013

No-salt diet for roads in Oregon

  • A tour bus crash last month that killed nine people has raised the question of salting Oregon highways.
  • PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is experimenting with salting roads along a few state border crossings to de-ice them, but it has no plans to apply rock salt to Interstate 84, where a tour bus crash last month killed nine people.

    Most neighboring states use rock salt on their roads, so drivers may face icier roads as they cross into Oregon, which has cost and environmental reasons for relying on sand and less-corrosive magnesium chloride.

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