Ill. town treats roads with slag sand

MARINE, Ill. - Blink twice and you might miss the orange snow plow driving down the main drag of Marine, Ill.

Roger Kampwerth was on the roads at 7 a.m. Wednesday. He's one of three drivers in the little town.

"The snow just don't want to stop blowing it drifts as soon as you push it off," he said.

He knows his roads in this town of 960 people. He said the old fashioned way is still the cheapest way to take care of the snow when Mother Nature comes calling.

"When the salt don't work because the temps drop, you put slag sand in it they can get traction of the slag sand" said Kampwerth.

He said most townships don't use the crushed rock he calls slag sand. He said it's cheaper. It works because it sticks to the road.

"I don't know why they don't they should," he said.

He'll work through the night, and against the wind, until it takes its deep cold and blows it right back out of town.


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