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Knox County Highway Department shop foreman Curtis Osborne looks over the computer head that controls the spreading of road salt for the truck. The left number on the dial is pounds per mile of salt spread on the road and the right dial is the speed of the spinner that spreads salt over the road.
Knox County Highway Department shop foreman Curtis Osborne looks over the computer head that controls the spreading of road salt for the truck. The left number on the dial is pounds per mile of salt spread on the road and the right dial is the speed of the spinner that spreads salt over the road. (Photo by Virgil Shipley) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
March 18, 2013 10:31 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Highway Department has a new computerized system of applying salt to roads that promises to save the taxpayers substantial amounts of money over the snow season. Here is the way it works.

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The computer is mounted in the cab of the truck and the driver dials in the amount of salt he wants to spread per mile. Depending on the conditions, the driver can set the computer from as low as 200 pounds of salt per mile to 600 pounds or more.

The computer controls a hydraulic system on the truck that runs an auger feeding salt to the spinner. Controlled by the computer the spinner spreads the salt on the road in the required amount.

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