Alton’s Public Works director says your eyes are not playing tricks on you – city trucks are spreading a mix of salt and aggregate, which makes for a “salt and pepper” look to what is laid down on city streets.  There have been a couple of fairly mild winters in a row before this season, and Bob Barnhart thinks the city is still in pretty good shape. 

But he says he is still planning ahead, since there is a regional salt shortage.

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When the temperatures get as low as they did overnight and are expected to again tonight, Barnhart says salt and chemicals don’t work, so the aggregate will at least provide some extra traction on city roads.

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