Colorado searching 4 The right highway De-icing mixture #De_IcerFebruary 11, 2019
“We are just exploring the new options,” Shreeve said.
But we have been trying to see different products out there.
“Beet juice, when mixed with salt brine, helps the salt brine work at lower temperatures to treat ice or snow packed surfaces,” notes the Missouri Department of Transportation website.
“Some say beet juice or pickle brine is quicker and less toxic for melting ice on roads,” the website reports.
In addition to using mag chloride because it has less impact on water quality, Lester said Colorado tries to mitigate the overall environmental impact of using the de-icer with application standards.
“We don’t use any liquid de-icer and the only time we use mag chloride is in the summer on our dirt roads to keep them together,” Eagle County Road and Bridge Director John Harris said.
Even though members of the driving public don’t like mag chloride on their vehicles, Lester said CDOT’s use of the product means safer roads.
“If we want a certain level of service on the highways, there is an impact,” Lester said.
But just because the state believes that mag chloride is the best product currently available, Lester said CDOT hasn’t abandoned the search for something better.
The current CDOT research will also look at the state’s phosphate standards.