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Montcalm County Road Commission pilots liquid de-icing product

Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 17:20:45-05

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.

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