Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Salt Spreader

New York City received another dousing of snow and sleet yesterday. School children enjoyed the day off while adults were outside shoveling snow so the cars could get out.

I saw this salt spreader on the sidewalk in my neighborhood. The workers were still shoveling snow further up the street. I assumed that once the snow is cleared, the blue colored salt will be deposited on the street via the wheel barrel looking machine.

Does anyone know what the salt is blue?

12 comments:

Dsole said...

blue salt!
You new yorker people are always so cool? ;)
I have never seen anything like this!

GMG said...

For someone who never actually lived in NYC, though have spent many nights there, I must be one of New York’s most enthusiastic admirers…
The problem is that, after years visiting the city very, very often, I’ve not been there since 2004. And I miss it…
Fortunately I found your blog, so that I can enjoy a new photo from one of my favourite cities everyday…
Thanks for sharing the pictures
Trotter

Olivier said...

le sel bleu, c'est parceque le maire de NYC adore jouait au billard ;o). Non vraiment aucune idee, a part pour signaler que l'endroit est dangereux....

blue salt, it is because the mayor of NYC adores played billiards; O). Not really no idea, has share to announce that the place is dangerous….

angela said...

Perhaps it's just so you can see which part's been salted already.
It looks cold and icy.
Angela

Kuanyin said...

I remember those NY winters all too well! Maybe you'll guess my latest photo posting better than the last time? :-)

isabella said...

So you can actually see the salted area?

AinZ said...

Like some of the others suggested--so you can see what has been salted. Or, perhaps because blue is much prettier than brown/gray mushy slushy melting snow!

Keropok Man said...

like angela, i think its blue so that you know which part of the snow/road, the salt has been applied.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I like to believe they used blue salt because it's prettier. :-)

But you guys are probably right! It so that they know where the salts are.

Abraham Lincoln said...

That machine looks almost identical to one I have that is supposed to be used to spread grass seed or grass fertilizer. I would never have thought to use it to spread salt or snow and ice melting chemicals.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Interesting observation/comment, Abe!

dolphinstate said...

blue salt? sounds new to me! we use white salt for snow back here...anyone remember why BLUE oceans when it has clear water?