Report: Half of Michigan's salt storage facilities in poor condition

Posted: 5:58 AM, Dec 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-28 10:58:15Z

(WXYZ) — A new report from the Michigan Department of Transportation says about half of the road salt storage facilities are in poor condition.

Lawmakers have approved $5 million to rehab the salt storage sites.

The new report was included in a report from the state auditor general.

There are 189 county storage sites and the report says 48 percent of them are in poor condition, 41 percent are good and 11 percent are fair.

Road salt buildings are owned by the counties, but MDOT helps maintain them because a portion of the salt is used on roads controlled by the state.

The environmental impact of road salt is that if it's exposed to water regularly, the sodium chloride in salt runs off into fields and streams while snow and ice melt, which can cause build-up.