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Greening the new GDOT salt barn
GDOT salt barn on I-20 near 138 entrance - trees being planted 6-20-12 IMG 5455

Georgia Department of Transportation workers planted rows of trees on Wednesday as a cover for the recently constructed salt barn on the side of Interstate 20 westbound, just before the Ga. Highway 138 exit/entrance.

The salt barn was one of 11 new ones constructed around the state after the 2011 ice storm. There are currently about 17 to 18 in the metro Atlanta region.

Ga. DOT spokesperson Mark McKinnon said the barns and storage were not an environmental hazard, since the rock salt was covered and not likely to melt.