Scientists say de-icing salt dangerous to surroundings, KDOT utilizing much less

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The salt used to de-ice roads is degrading roads, contaminating consuming water, and harming the surroundings, a bunch of scientists mentioned. In an try to forestall this, the Kansas Division of Transportation (KDOT) has began utilizing much less salt throughout winter climate.

KDOT now mixes the salt with brine (saltwater) or beet juice, which helps the salt stick with the street, quickens the melting of the snow and permits them to make use of much less.

“We’re conscious of the environmental impacts of salt and we’re doing what we will to scale back the quantity of salt getting used on the freeway. However we even have security in thoughts,” mentioned Clay Adams, KDOT Bureau Chief of Upkeep.

Brine reduces the utilization of salt by 20-30%, Adams mentioned.

In comparison with different options that de-ice, comparable to liquid merchandise used at airports, salt is the most affordable possibility, in accordance with Adams.

Final winter, the state spent over $27 million on street upkeep, and used 123,000 tons of salt, in accordance with KDOT.

The combination of salt and brine or beet juice will depend on the kind of climate that’s occurring. In chilly temperatures, they are going to use salt, brine, and sand so as to add traction. If the storm begins with rain and no dry snow, they won’t use brine as it can wash off the street.

The tools used within the dump vans that unfold the salt is calibrated to enhance the velocity, so the quicker the truck goes the quicker the salt is unfold. This helps the appliance price keep the identical in accordance with Adams.

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Moreover, the newer dump vans have know-how that evenly disperses the salt throughout the lane.

Throughout the latest snowstorms in Kansas, a majority of the accidents have been attributable to folks attempting to move a snowplow truck, Adams mentioned. He mentioned it is crucial for drivers to decelerate and provides the truck room when driving behind one.

KDOT’s web site, KanDrive, permits drivers to examine present circumstances of the highways each in state and out to organize for journey.

 

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