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Continued: Anoka County puts its fleet of snow plows on a low-salt diet

  • Article by: JIM ADAMS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 5, 2013 - 11:06 PM

The chemical solution is also sprayed from two tank trucks, especially on bridges and ramp loops, up to a day before snowstorms. The molasses — beet juice is also used — makes the salt stick to the roads, keeping them passable until operators can plow them, Christenson said. The calcium mix works below 15 degrees, when salt loses effectiveness, and melts snow to keep it from bonding to roads, he added.

Motorists seem to notice the highway department’s work.

“The number one thing the public compliments us on is snow and ice removal,” Fischer said.

Jim Adams • 612-673-7658

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