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Record grit salt usage in cold spell

The usage of salt on the road is reaching record highs due to the current cold snap.

In Upper Austria alone which has been hit by severe weather teams have been working around the clock using large amounts of salt and grit to keep the roads safe as snow and ice blanket the province.

On Tuesday along 2,200 tonnes of grit were used. This is the largest amount used on one day in more than a decade in Upper Austria.

So far this winter over 14,000 tonnes of grit have been used in Upper Austria - this is already well above the average use of grit on Austrian roads between October and the end of December throughout the province.

There are 31 road maintenance authorities responsible in Upper Austria which employ 650 people and use 180 vehicles. There are an additional 110 vehicles which can be called upon from external companies if needed.

In total 35,500 tonnes of grit salt are stockpiled. Last years winter services cost the province of Upper Austria 27 million Euro.

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