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Benton County Plans For Next Winter Storm

Posted: January 3, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Benton County officials are gearing up for the next severe weather event with December’s storm still fresh in their minds.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation uses beet juice mixed with salt brine to help the salt brine work at lower temperatures to treat icy or snow packed surfaces. The department uses a 80 percent salt brine and 20 percent beet juice mix in most areas. The beet juice needs salt brine to melt ice. At 30 degrees, one pound of salt will melt 46.3 pounds of ice, but at 0 degrees, the same pound of salt will melt just 3.7 pounds of ice. Regular water-based salt brine works well until 25 degrees. Beet juice is added to the mix between 25 degrees and 5 degrees.

Source: Missouri Department Of Transportation

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