How Much Salt Will Be Used On Belmont Streets This Winter?

Photo: Salting Belmont streets.

Here’s some Belmont trivia: How much salt will Belmont’s Highway Division use on town streets during the coming winter?

  1. 30,300 pounds
  2. 200 tons
  3. 4,000 tons
  4. Not enough on my street.

While you ponder your response, the Belmont Board of Selectmen has approved the annual contract for road salt on Monday, Oct. 24. Working cooperatively with Newton and other towns, Belmont will be paying $55.40 a ton to Morton Salt Inc. of Chicago (yes, it is the same company that makes the “When it rains, it pours” salt for everyday use.)

Interesting fact: According to the company’s website, r0ad salt used along the East Coast is mined in Canada, Bahamas or Chile. 

The town also agreed to a second contract with Eastern Minerals of Lowell for $65.90 a ton if the supply from Morton dries up. 

And the answer is about 4,000 tons on an average year or about 320 pounds of salt for each resident in town.