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Monday, November 26, 2012

PennDOT anti-icing some area roads in advance of overnight storm

Travel Advisory
11/26/2012
PennDOT anti-icing some area roads in advance of overnight storm

Motorists in north central counties are advised that PennDOT is pre-treating some of the region’s major routes in advance of the winter storm forecast to hit overnight.

Anti-icing, as it is called, involves wetting the highway with a solution of salt brine before a storm’s arrival. The solution lowers the freezing point of water and slows or prevents ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm.

The anti-icing trucks may be seen along the area’s interstate highways and other major routes. The salt brine is spread from sprayers attached to the brine tank on PennDOT trucks.

PennDOT reminds motorists to slow down and drive according to the conditions they encounter when winter storms hit.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this Jim. I am sick of hearing people complain about the state wasting money and getting salt all over their vehicles when there is nothing on the road. Hopefully this will help some of them understand that this is a proactive approach to our winter weather, and maybe they will stop complaining so much about PENNDOT not being on the roads the second the first snowflake falls.

Also, after talking with some of our state workers, due to the last two mild winters or lack of winters in our area and the state government's constant effort to cut money from the budget, there are not as many temporary winter employees this year. What this translates to for all of us motorists is that the same roads now have fewer trucks out plowing. So before everyone starts complaining about our local workers doing what they can with limited resources, they should probably contact harrisburg or their state government representatives.

Anonymous said...

Funny it's okay for the state to spread brine on hwy but don't get any on a well location. As it will get in water ways.

Anonymous said...

I think the State uses "Solar Salt" for a brine....NOT gas or oil well discharge brine. Big difference.

Anonymous said...

What storm? I don't see a storm in the forecast.

Anonymous said...

You arent the brightest bulb in the box are you? "brine" is just a generic name for a mixture of things. Go to the store and buy some beef brine for your soup. Not the same thing they drill with OR put on the roads. Apples are not always apples...

Anonymous said...

So is it just me, or does this brine actually make things worse by melting the lowest layer, only to have it refreeze with snow on top, making driving much worse. We need to go back to cinders and less salt in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

My opinion is I just wish that Potter Co. could use whatever Mckean Co. uses on the roads.Its a huge difference when roads are bad and you cross county lines.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the post from 9:39 a.m. - salt attracts moisture, and MOISTURE + COLD = ICE, and ice is more dangerous to drive on than snow. Putting salt brine on the roads are going to make them icy even if it doesn't snow, because it draws moisture out of the air onto the roads (WHERE DO YOU THINK BLACK ICE COMES FROM?). I have lived in Potter County all my life, and I have NEVER seen so many icy roads in all my life as I have the last few years. Stick to cinders, Penn-Dot!

Anonymous said...

Potter county roads suck when you compare to Mckean or Cameron countys!