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Young people involved in Michigan road salt study

Monique Irvin, 21, a student at Western Michigan University, uses a vacuum to collect salt Tuesday during a Salt Bounce and Scatter Study run by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The study included MDOT trucks driving at various speeds dropping salt. Students then collected the dropped salt and weighed it to determine how much was left on various sections of the road. Information collected from the study will determine which speeds, chute types and salt varieties are the most efficient and least wasteful. (AP photo by Don Campbell/The Herald Palladium)

Monique Irvin, 21, a student at Western Michigan University, uses a vacuum to collect salt Tuesday during a Salt Bounce and Scatter Study run by the Michigan Department of Transportation. The study included MDOT trucks driving at various speeds dropping salt. Students then collected the dropped salt and weighed it to determine how much was left on various sections of the road. Information collected from the study will determine which speeds, chute types and salt varieties are the most efficient and least wasteful. (AP photo by Don Campbell/The Herald Palladium)

Benton Township, MI (AP) — Young people working with the Michigan Department of Transportation are involved in a study about how salt is applied to roads that could save money nationwide.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reported the workers ages 16 to 24 are with the Kinexus Summer Youth Work Experience.

Tuesday was the last day that the crew of 36 took part in the “bounce and scatter” study to determine how much salt stays on the roads as trucks drive. The work is looking at different salt distribution methods.

The workers were on an unused section of road in southwestern Michigan, with several lanes marked where trucks would drop salt. The workers then collect salt left in the different lanes with vacuums and weigh it to find out how much stays put.

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