Winter is Back With a Vengence!

With the onset of another “Polar Vortex” bringing sub-zero temps, heavy snows and strong winds. Road crews are in for a real challenge keeping the roads clear of snow and ice.

This is the time when all the Salesmen’s claims are proven. Or found to be just that, big claims!! Again, Hold their/our feet to the fire. If they make the claims, it better work in the real world. Be sure to talk to as many folks using these products as you can to see what really works out there.

The following is a clip from a Gazette article in Iowa.

“The beet juice is sticky so it adheres to the road better than salt. But promises of subzero effectiveness for the beet juice have proved overly generous, said Jon Resler, streets superintendent in Iowa City.

“The challenge is, it just doesn’t melt well and it doesn’t melt fast, and beyond that it doesn’t melt at all,” Resler said of de-icing products the more temperatures drop. “Our goal is to get the snow off the roadway as quickly as possible.”


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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