Those Blue Sand Barrels Are For You:

Use the Sand for Better Traction on Icy Surfaces This Winter
A blue barrel filled with sand is situated on the roadside of a sidewalk

Have you seen blue sand barrels around your neighborhood? The City of Somerville Department of Public Works has distributed sand citywide for residential use.

Sand increases traction on icy surfaces and, since it is less corrosive than salt-based ice melt, helps maintain the conditions of our sidewalks and other infrastructure. For our full Winter Guide, visit

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