STANTON, MICH. — Montcalm County was selected for a pilot program using a liquid de-icer for the state highways in county limits.
It's a calcium chloride and carbohydrate mixture. MDOT selected Montcalm County for the program because they've done a fair amount of de-icing with liquids prior to this. This time, however, they're going down a specific route.
Given our current freezing cold temperatures, for roads to melt with traditional rock salt, road commissions would have to use 10- to- 15 times more salt. That's not as big of a problem with the liquid salt brine.
The county says they anticipate the findings of their experiment to be presented sometime within the coming year after they complete their evaluation.