Duluth Snow Crews Use New Mix to Fight Ice

Updated: 12/11/2013 10:51 PM
Created: 12/11/2013 10:21 PM

The cold snap turned our snow-packed roads to ice and now the City of Duluth is taking a new approach to get the ice off the roads.

City crews are testing different ways to chip the ice away and Wednesday, they made progress using a new mixture. It consists of calcium chloride mixed with a brine solution.

Kelly Fleissner says unlike your average road salt, calcium chloride is effective in subzero temperatures, but it is also 12 times more expensive than salt.

"But because we've had such an extensive cold snap and because we saw how bad the roads are, we really looked at using this alternative even though it's more expensive," Fleissner explained.

Fleissner said the sun and traffic Wednesday helped to melt the ice where they laid the new solution.

The city will take another look at the roads and forecast to determine what they'll use on Thursday.

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