Toro is a proud industry member of the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG), dedicated to delivering the best practices for winter highway maintenance. The NWSRG recommends salt barns as the best solution for maintaining salt quality and ease of use.
NWSRG research shows that unprotected salt piles can diminish by up to 20% each year, a concerning loss for any winter road maintenance strategy and prove to be a costly mistake. The risks linked to insufficient road salt for winter service are simply unthinkable.
Furthermore, having an adequate salt supply is not enough without proper preservation. For instance, if the salt pile exceeds the optimum moisture content, you can expect the following issues to arise:
- Tunnelling in the spreader hopper.
- Caking of salt piles
- Leaching from salt piles.
- Poor salt distribution – leading to areas of carriageway under or over-salted.
- Rain on uncovered salt piles creates dangerous sinkholes.
To prevent these pitfalls and ensure a smooth winter service operation, investing in a salt barn is key to maintaining your salt quality, no matter the weather conditions.