Calculating the Hidden Costs of Road Salt

We know that road salt causes corrosion to our vehicles, bridges, and more—but we don’t know to what extent. In partnership with ADK Action, Adirondack Research is investigating the cost burden of road salt use to residents and taxpayers across New York State.

By analyzing publicly available information on bridge assessment scores, personal vehicle resale values, county economics, and other factors, we are developing a clearer picture of the true cost of road salt. This information can then be shared in peer-reviewed publications, petition drives, and media delivery to create a better public understanding of these costs and inform future policy measures.