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October 9, 2013

Cass highway dept. prepares for new de-icing

Highway superintendent: New agent is cheaper, more effective.

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The Logansport Street Department started using the new deicing practice last spring. Logansport Department of Public Works Superintendent Dan Williams said pre-treating the roads with the mix didn't allow any moisture to freeze underneath about an inch of snow.

"It really does work," he said. "It's a lot better than salt and sand, and that's a big thing."

Because less salt is required to make the brine as opposed to dumping it on roads in solid form, Williams said the new practice led to $1,500 to $2,000 in savings.

It also meant less sand and salt was going into street drains, Williams said.

The Indiana Department of Transportation also uses the mix. Smith said he and other highway department employees met with INDOT employees and Williams to familiarize with the procedure last winter.

Smith said the department found success with the practice while experimenting with it last winter.

"We were impressed with how it worked for us during the few events we used it for last year," he said.

Smith added he plans to have the department start off small and then expand in the future, using one large truck and two pickup trucks to de-ice subdivisions in order to avoid sweeping up sand in the spring. All of the trucks are equipped with booms to let the mixture stream over the roads.

"I think it will work well but we didn't want to start out huge right out of the gate," Smith said.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com. Follow him: @PharosMAK

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