Ravens' success has city thinking salt and purple

December 20, 2006|By Joe Burris | Joe Burris,Sun Reporter

If the Ravens continue their winning ways, winter in Baltimore may resemble a huge, grape-flavored snowball.

That's because city officials are considering using purple-colored road salt should the playoff-bound Ravens advance to the Super Bowl - and should it snow.

"It's just an idea, but right now we have the blue salt and we're considering purple salt," said David Brown, spokesman for the city Department of Transportation. "We have to check with the manufacturer to see if it's possible."

Brown, who came up with the idea, says that the city has 2,000 tons of blue salt ordered for this winter's storms. He said the salt is colored with a non-staining solution that creates a blue effect. "We want to see if maybe we can change it into a purple solution with a dye," Brown said.

Purple salt would be a first for a town heating up with Ravens mania, as the purple-and-black NFL team clinched a playoff berth this week for the first time since 2003.

Late Monday night, the city installed purple lighting at City Hall, the War Memorial and the Abel Wolman municipal building. Similar plans are slated for the Bromo Seltzer tower, the Washington Monument and Druid Hill Park.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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