Brine – or liquid salt – is an effective, pre-wet solution for combating icy winter roadways. As a pre-treatment, brine is becoming increasingly more effective and economically beneficial for anti-icing programs because it helps prevent freezing precipitation from bonding to the pavement and keeps roads clear from ice and snow. As a result, roads stay wet and clear, and the driving public benefits from safer traveling.
Brine has been used in many European countries for many years as both a pre wetting agent for dry materials and as an anti-icing agent for the proactive treatment of snow and ice. Now you can add salt brine to your arsenal of winter de-icers, available by the gallon in your vehicle tank or by the 250 G tote, call us for Pricing and availability.
For anti icing, the key is to place the brine on the roadway surface prior to a precipitation event. This action helps prevent the snow and ice from bonding to the pavement. The City of Oskaloosa was an early advocate of anti-icing as a way to keep snow and ice from bonding to the road surface. They have also used it with great success on city sidewalks.
Now, several years later, the use of salt brine for pre wetting and anti-icing is no longer experimental or unusual. In the winter of 2002-2003, the Iowa Department of Transportation used over seven million gallons of brine. All of the Iowa DOT’s snow plow trucks are equipped with units that pre wet dry materials at the spinner. Anti-icing equipment is available to anti-ice the entire commercial and industrial network (over 9,000 lane miles) when conditions make it an effective strategy. Many cities and counties, including many of the major metro areas are now active users of salt brine.
Traditional practices depended on rock salt or mixtures of rock salt and abrasives to remove snow and ice from the roadways. The materials were delivered from the bed of the truck to a spinner where it could be widely dispersed onto the pavement. The idea was to concentrate much of the chemical over the middle of the roadway so that the chemicals began the melting process the melting liquid would move away from the crown of the roadway to the lower levels of the roadway and help break the snow and ice bound with the pavement.
Benefits of Salt Brine
• Costs less than rock salt applications
• Minimizes overtime for plow drivers
• Can be applied two-three days before it snows
• Stops snow hardening on roadways
• Requires a small initial investment
• Doesn’t bounce or blow off the road
• Effective to -5° F (-21.1 – 6° C)
• Minimizing environmental impact with increased efficiency; resulting in less deicer use.