How things work: A recipe for anti-icing

Anti-icing prepares streets for inclement weather. Before snow and ice accumulates, the anti-icing process begins. A brine mixture is used to coat street surfaces. Public Works custom mixes a brine solution to maximize melting power. Sometimes beet and corn extracts are used along with salt. The formula for the mix is contingent on the condition of the roads, the weather forecast and other variables.

The amount of salt needed to clear roadways is reduced when anti-icing is applied. Reducing chlorides is a sustainable practice in keeping with the City Council’s strategic priority for environmental sustainability.

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