Drift Control Using Deicing Liquids

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with my good friends from MDOT, Truck & Trailer Specialties, Dutton, MI. and Monroe Snow and Ice Control. The results of our conversations were exciting. I learned that Kansas DOT is using a Boom Buster nozzle at a 90 degee angle to the truck, for spraying deicing liquids on drifting snow along the right-of-way. The object is to settle the blowing snow by melting a thin crust on the drifting area. This will slow or stop the blowing snow long enough to clear and dry the road. This unit can be attached to any anti-ice unit rather inexpensively. The height is adjustable to apply to any conditions you may experience. It will spray up to fifty feet across the roadside. Application rates can go up to 35 gallons per minute @ up to 5 mph. This has been used in the plains states with great success. Application rates would adjusted to meet your conditions and right of way widths.

Demo Unit

MDOT has purchased a unit and will be trying it on their drift prone areas in the Southwest Region. I will keep track of their progress and report back.

If you have any questions, please post them here. This could be a great solution to those drift areas that snow fence can’t be installed.

 

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About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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