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City halfway through salt inventory as it tackles icy side streets



5,000 tons of salt is purchased in March for the upcoming winter.

Salt and sand for La Crosse streets is usually bought in March.

So far, the city is about halfway through it’s 5,000-ton inventory thanks to some out-of-season weather, according to street commissioner Mike La Fleur.

“Freezing rain is probably our worst nightmare,” La Fleur said. “We had to use chains on our trucks and we haven’t done that in years.”

While the main roadways in La Crosse are clear, La Fleur says the side streets are being tackled.

“During the day we have six graters out trying to clean up the residential streets,” he said.

This is the most salt the city has used to this point in the last few years and they might use up the entire inventory of salt before it’s all said and done.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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