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Okay, overnight it rains and turns over to all snow as temperatures plummet to below freezing and winds measure 25 miles per hour. It isn't a large accumulation, but enough to cover the roads and make them dangerously slick.

Why, oh why are only the intersections salted???

I understand that intersections are dangerous with slick roads. People need to stop at them and can slide right through when the roads are slippery and, hello t-bone. I get that.

But my point is that the salt trucks have to drive to the intersections. They don't just magically bounce from one intersection to another. So why not just salt the roads they're driving on to get to the next intersection??? Grrr!

<Sigh>

I hate winter, I'm sick of it actually.

I'm so ready for Spring!

Terra
  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Must be a Michigan thing. They salt the entire road here.

    Do they do that the entire season? Is it possible the salt supply is running low?
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Salt???

      Yep, l understand how snow would suck, the worst we get here is a frost!

      But after a week of hot 30 c plus days l am ready for some colder days.

      But not too many! :rolleyes:

      Shane
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

        Salt???

        Yep, l understand how snow would suck, the worst we get here is a frost!

        But after a week of hot 30 c plus days l am ready for some colder days.

        But not too many! :rolleyes:

        Shane
        Ouch!

        You slice me to the bone, haha!

        Terra
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        • Profile picture of the author John Durham
          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

          Ouch!

          You slice me to the bone, haha!

          Terra
          Everytime Im in that area in the winter time, walking outdoors is like "Why would anyone ever want to live on this God forbidden ice ball?", but it sure is nice to cozy up inside with loved ones and watch the snowfall outside the windows.
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          • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
            Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

            Everytime Im in that area in the winter time, walking outdoors is like "Why would anyone ever want to live on this God forbidden ice ball?", but it sure is nice to cozy up inside with loved ones and watch the snowfall outside the windows.
            In late November and throughout December, I couldn't agree more.

            But come mid March...It is waaaay old! LOL!

            It's always beautiful when you don't have to drive in it, but again, by mid March it is annoying as heck!!

            Terra
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        • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
          The salt they use on the roads is very environmentally unfriendly, maybe they are trying to create as little environmental impact as possible.
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          • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
            Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

            The salt they use on the roads is very environmentally unfriendly, maybe they are trying to create as little environmental impact as possible.
            Warning! I just put on my tinfoil hat in honor of a conspiracy theory.

            I don't think that they truly care about the environment at all. That salt also destroys miles and miles of roadways with potholes so bad, that even radio stations have pothole alerts where other drivers call in and report nasty ones to warn other drivers.

            So every spring all of these roads need to be repaired and I often think that the road construction crews and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have a deal going on somewhere like kickbacks involving greenbacks or something.

            They have a saying around here that goes something like this: Michigan has two seasons. Winter and Construction. :rolleyes:

            Terra
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            • Profile picture of the author seasoned
              Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

              Warning! I just put on my tinfoil hat in honor of a conspiracy theory.

              I don't think that they truly care about the environment at all. That salt also destroys miles and miles of roadways with potholes so bad, that even radio stations have pothole alerts where other drivers call in and report nasty ones to warn other drivers.

              So every spring all of these roads need to be repaired and I often think that the road construction crews and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have a deal going on somewhere like kickbacks involving greenbacks or something.

              They have a saying around here that goes something like this: Michigan has two seasons. Winter and Construction. :rolleyes:

              Terra
              I have a consi]piracy theory for you. and they do this sort of thing ALL THE TIME!

              1. FACT! They cut back on spending for areas with the supposed sequester.
              2. FACT! The sequester does NOT reduce their budget, and is actually an INCREASE!
              3. FACT! They do *******NOT******* want their budget cut!
              4. FACT! It is supposed to be reduced NEXT YEAR if their expenses are cut!
              5. FACT! Departments, INCLUDING in government, tend to WASTE money to raise expenses so they get a larger budget!
              6. FACT! THIS has the hallmarks of such waste as in #5

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              • Profile picture of the author Kurt
                Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

                I have a consi]piracy theory for you. and they do this sort of thing ALL THE TIME!

                1. FACT! They cut back on spending for areas with the supposed sequester.
                2. FACT! The sequester does NOT reduce their budget, and is actually an INCREASE!
                3. FACT! They do *******NOT******* want their budget cut!
                4. FACT! It is supposed to be reduced NEXT YEAR if their expenses are cut!
                5. FACT! Departments, INCLUDING in government, tend to WASTE money to raise expenses so they get a larger budget!
                6. FACT! THIS has the hallmarks of such waste as in #5

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                What's up "teve"? Someone sequester the "S" in your name?

                You know it's bad you when mispell your own name. LOL

                From this point on, you will be known as "teve".
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                • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
                  Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

                  What's up "teve"? Someone sequester the "S" in your name?

                  You know it's bad you when mispell your own name. LOL

                  From this point on, you will be known as "teve".
                  Oh, Kurt!

                  You always have a way of making me laugh!

                  I feel a better now, lol!

                  P.S. You misspelled "mispell". Maybe your "s" was sequestered too?

                  Terra
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                  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
                    The salt they use on the roads is very environmentally unfriendly, maybe they are trying to create as little environmental impact as possible.
                    I think that's one of the many justifications these road depts come up with when questioned about their practices.

                    Think about it - they lay down acres of concrete across the country - and then say the SALT might hurt the environment?

                    Maybe it's a way to justify overtime - "oh, we didn't know the roads were slick, too - we only did the intersections...guess we need to do it again"
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                  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
                    Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

                    Oh, Kurt!

                    You always have a way of making me laugh!

                    I feel a better now, lol!

                    P.S. You misspelled mispell. Maybe your "s" was sequestered too?

                    Terra
                    teve lost it.

                    By the way, I'm a anti-global warming/environmental person...but every time it snows up here, I'm outside spraying with an aerosol can in each hand.
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                • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
                  Ouch!

                  You slice me to the bone, haha!

                  Terra
                  Hmmmm, maybe this will warm you up!

                  http://youtu.be/kurpcKAMz24




                  And there are always crickets! :rolleyes:

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                  But today was pretty cold, it got down to 20 c, tonight!!! I had to put the electric blanket on, and occasionally turn the gas heater on! Brrrrrr.

                  Shane
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            • Profile picture of the author John Durham
              Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

              Warning! I just put on my tinfoil hat in honor of a conspiracy theory.

              I don't think that they truly care about the environment at all. That salt also destroys miles and miles of roadways with potholes so bad, that even radio stations have pothole alerts where other drivers call in and report nasty ones to warn other drivers.

              One thing you immediately notice down south is that the roads are nicer, and so are the older cars.
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              • Profile picture of the author seasoned
                Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

                One thing you immediately notice down south is that the roads are nicer, and so are the older cars.
                Yeah, if the salt isn't hydrophilic enough, or doesn't lower the freezing point enough, the water may refreeze inside of cement, and crack it. That probably won't happen on asphalt though.

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          • Profile picture of the author seasoned
            Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

            The salt they use on the roads is very environmentally unfriendly, maybe they are trying to create as little environmental impact as possible.
            In SOME places, like the black forest in germany, they DO retrict salt for JUST THAT REASON! But if you are going to salt it ANYWAY.....

            Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Must be a Michigan thing. They salt the entire road here.

      Do they do that the entire season? Is it possible the salt supply is running low?
      No, not the entire season and no I don't think it is because they are low on salt.

      See, after they had all the intersections salted, they went back and salted all of the roads later which means they wasted gas too! :rolleyes:

      It was bad. Whole portions of freeways were shut down due to spin outs and mult-icar accidents. Of course if they hadn't wasted time running around and salting intersections first, they could have salted the freeways where there are no freakin' intersections!

      Do I sound bitter? Lol!

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author lcombs
    In Ohio they started using beat juice a couple of years ago. It's cheaper, environmentally friendly,much easier to store, and more readily available.

    But, when they were using salt, it used to drive me crazy to being behind a fully loaded salt truck who was not spreading any salt!
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by lcombs View Post

      In Ohio they started using beat juice a couple of years ago. It's cheaper, environmentally friendly,much easier to store, and more readily available.

      But, when they were using salt, it used to drive me crazy to being behind a fully loaded salt truck who was not spreading any salt!
      That's what the state uses here in NY also.

      Tara they do the intersections first because they are the the most dangerous in the conditions you described.
      If they salted the roads to them they would run out of salt before they got many intersections done.
      With that said, they either should have or did have other salt trucks doing the roads starting with the main roads and working down to the secondary.
      The bigger question is why are you out driving when the roads are that bad?
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by ThomM View Post

        The bigger question is why are you out driving when the roads are that bad?
        Oh, well, do you remember how ecstatic I was when my daughter and son-in-law from Minnesota found good jobs in their career fields here and were able to move back home?

        They needed help with the care of my two grandbabies to be able to have those jobs, so I became their nanny. So I drive just shy of 30 miles to their house every morning during the week. I have been since mid December.

        I think it may be getting close to the time where I'll have to tell them to start checking out good day care centers though.

        Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author McMissKathy
    You have to love the Southeast. I never saw on flake all winter and the temps never got below freezing but several times this year....must be the so called global warming thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    If you never went out when the roads were bad, you would be inside 4 months out the year in Michigan. One thing that also amazes me in the south, is how it freaks everyone out an schools are closed when there is an eighth of an inch of snow lol.

    Of course there are also mountains so that makes it more difficult for a large part of the population.

    Im getting ready to move out to a lakehouse on lake maxinkuckee for year to do some liquidation projects in that area... Its nice being single and free (And being able to work from anywhere lol)... probably will move in within the next couple of weeks, glad I waited til spring.

    My work here is done... have been staying near family for personal reasons the last few months...
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      If you never went out when the roads were bad, you would be inside 4 months out the year in Michigan.
      At least!

      But the funny thing is, soon enough, it will be summer with hot and humid conditions and some here (not me) will be complaining of that. (I live for fun in the sun and love to swim, water ski and love boating in general.) I eagerly await its arrival.

      Anyway, the cold, ice, snow and road conditions will be long gone or perhaps just a fleeting thought. People will have forgotten it and some weirdos will even long for it.

      Such is the life here in Michigan, lol!

      Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      If you never went out when the roads were bad, you would be inside 4 months out the year in Michigan.
      Michigan? Four months? You'd actually be inside twelve months. Michigan only has two seasons: Winter and construction.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

        Michigan? Four months? You'd actually be inside twelve months. Michigan only has two seasons: Winter and construction.
        Haha Dan!

        That's funny except you forget the roads that are brand new, just having been repaved. Those are a dream to drive on.

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        • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

          Haha Dan!

          That's funny except you forget the roads that are brand new, just having been repaved. Those are a dream to drive on.

          Terra
          Sorry, eleven months.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Life is going to be nice in Culver on the lake though this summer. It's about 2 hours from the Michigan line.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      Life is going to be nice in Culver on the lake though this summer. It's about 2 hours from the Michigan line.
      Sounds absolutely dreamy.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    Eleven schmilleven! They're all months right? Why argue over petty issues, you say tomato I say ta-mah-to

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    Waiter?

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    Edit: And where the hell is muggie?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Durham's been sniffing glue again...
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    Hey, nothin wrong with a little glue sniffing amongst friends.
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      Originally Posted by John Durham View Post

      Hey, nothin wrong with a little glue sniffing amongst friends.
      As long as that's all you're sniffing.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Annie wins the ribbon, Terra. Salt can devastate the ecosystems if there is enough of it spread around. It gets majorly icy out here in Central OR and we feel lucky when they spread sand even in the intersections. I don't think I've ever seen salt used at all out here. Now, it would seem in high desert region you would not run out of SAND? Yet when sanding occurs at all out here it's intersections and some of the more dangerous curves or hills only. I've seen one exception - and that is at the Brasada ranch - they sand all the road for about a mile or two south of the ranch and north until the road straightens out so their tourism base (their money) isn't cut off in cold weather. People wouldn't travel that road otherwise when the weather gets bad. It's a doozy.

    I'm excited to see spring coming out here, too. Went to my favorite rock hunting site about 3 weeks ago and it was snowed - and where it wasn't, it was soup. It gets dead hot here in summer - but we don't have that sauna effect you get back there, Terra. That was one of the reasons I fell in love with the west.

    John - glue? Really. Any self-respecting successful marketer can afford to pass quality drugs around to their friends. I suppose you also give them Boonesfarm or Mad Dog to drink as well? Tsk.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Annie wins the ribbon, Terra.
      Huh?

      Who said anything about awarding a winning ribbon?

      I agree the salt is very harmful to the environment, however I don't think it is the reason they did only the intersections as they did later salt all of the roads. Albeit too little too late, as all of the roads were riddled with wrecks before they got around to it.

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      • Profile picture of the author HeySal
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        Huh?

        Who said anything about awarding a winning ribbon?

        I agree the salt is very harmful to the environment, however I don't think it is the reason they did only the intersections as they did later salt all of the roads. Albeit too little too late, as all of the roads were riddled with wrecks before they got around to it.

        Terra
        If they still had the salt to spread, it's an environmental issue that they don't do it. I've lived in places they don't do anything to the roads because the budget for it has been embezzled so they run out before they even really use anything on the road.

        If there are a huge amount of wrecks, they're going to be forced to use some - it's a toss up between environment and idiot control at that point. If there are people that are hitting things when there is ice on the road - they need to be taught how to drive on ice or stay off the road, ya think? We had ice when I lived there, too - but we didn't have people piled up in wrecks over it.

        The worst I have seen was when I first moved to Boise - we had a snow that turned to ice under wheels - 280 accidents in ONE day. People were just literally too drooling stupid to understand slow down and put room between cars. Serious. I had a guy that was tailgating me on the way home and I sped up just a tad a few times so he could see that my backend would start sliding when I did. He STILL stayed right on my tail trying to push me to go faster. I finally found a place I could pull over and he drove by me honking and flashing me the bird out his window - screaming about "stupid woman". Several miles down the road he was in a ditch. I drove by honking and yelled out the window about stupid men - hormonal driving. LOL.

        I get the willies in bad road conditions because of a study I read that said 8 out of 10 drivers are on pharmaceutical drugs that are not safe to drive on. After seeing what was going on in Boise traffic that day, I fully believe that when the weather is hardcore, the safest thing is to take back roads where there isn't any traffic and risking the walk out if I ditch it.
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by HeySal View Post


          If there are a huge amount of wrecks, they're going to be forced to use some - it's a toss up between environment and idiot control at that point. If there are people that are hitting things when their is ice on the road - they need to be taught how to drive on ice or stay off the road, ya think? We had ice when I lived there, too - but we didn't have people piled up in wrecks over it.
          Absolutely true!

          I myself made it just shy of 30 miles with no incident. I was smart enough to leave extra early giving myself ample time to drive a safe mile per hour due to conditions. You'd think that living in Michigan people would understand that concept, :rolleyes: lol!

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          • Profile picture of the author ThomM
            Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

            Absolutely true!

            I myself made it just shy of 30 miles with no incident. I was smart enough to leave extra early giving myself ample time to drive a safe mile per hour due to conditions. You'd think that living in Michigan people would understand that concept, :rolleyes: lol!

            Terra
            Terra after 20+ years of plowing, I've noticed that people forget how to drive in snow and on icy roads as soon as it snows
            People also seem to think that having 4wd means you always have traction:rolleyes:
            Sal it's unlikely they are using straight sand on the roads out there. Normally when they say sand it's an 80/20 mix of sand and salt. Straight sand will give you some traction but it also insulates the ice on the road, keeping it from melting.
            Straight salt stops working around 19F. So a sand salt mix will give you traction but still melt the ice as it warms up.
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    Sorry Sal, it's not even the good glue. Just Elmers, only works on lightweights.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Hmmm - I'll just consider YOUR parties, BYO, John. Thanks for the heads up.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
    well MissTerraK, you can always move to florida

    it was 40 last night and 87 this afternoon.

    So you need thermals AND sunscreen

    I know I know, 40 is warm ... sort of, I am pretty sure my bananas are done for this season
    to much cold AND i know for a fact my strawberries are done for. They blossomed last week
    and today all of the flowers are yellow or have fallen off
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by kenmichaels View Post

      well MissTerraK, you can always move to florida

      it was 40 last night and 87 this afternoon.

      So you need thermals AND sunscreen

      I know I know, 40 is warm ... sort of, I am pretty sure my bananas are done for this season
      to much cold AND i know for a fact my strawberries are done for. They blossomed last week
      and today all of the flowers are yellow or have fallen off
      Don't think I haven't thought about it!

      My in-laws live in Florida and I do love visiting them any time of the year!

      The problem is that all of my grandchildren live here and I can't afford to move us all, lol!

      I'm sorry about your strawberries, though.

      We had a similar problem with our peaches last year. It actually hit the 80s here last March and there were tons of blossoms on them but the temps dropped down to the upper 20s in April!

      Our two peach trees that yielded over 100 peaches the year before yielded just one peach last year. Well, obviously just one of the trees, lol!

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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Yeah you'd think. I'm surprised they aren't forming groups of activists to get the government to protect them from icy roads yet. LMAO. People aren't into thinking about much anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Yeah you'd think. I'm surprised they aren't forming groups of activists to get the government to protect them from icy roads yet. LMAO. People aren't into thinking about much anymore.
      I know!

      Some of those same people turn around and sue counties for for damages to their vehicles from potholes on the roads that the salt laid down caused, in trying to protect them from the slick roads. What's worse? Many of them win the lawsuit!!

      Talk about out of control!

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    In addition to the reasons others have said, cost is also a factor. If an average city spends $100,000* a year on road salt, and they're only doing intersections, imagine how much more it would cost to do all the roads.

    Also, I know others mentioned the environmental factor. Much of the concern there is how much chloride gets into the water systems. Even with carefully metered usage, the amount of chloride in the water systems tend to keep rising.



    *I don't know how close that number is to being accurate, it was used to illustrate the point. Wisconsin spends about $40 million on road salt and snow removal in an average year, but they didn't break it down to how much went for road salt.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Hey - I just went back over this thread and had missed the talk about beet juice. What's that all about? Never heard of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Hey - I just went back over this thread and had missed the talk about beet juice. What's that all about? Never heard of it.
      Here's a link to a manufacturers site Sal, Beet Juice Salt | Ice Melt Headquarters | Beet Juice Salt | Snow and Ice Melter
      Basically you make a brine out of beet juice and salt. You can then spray it before a storm and it will prevent icing. Naturally you can use it after a storm also.
      Besides from being environmentally friendly it works in much colder temps. then regular road salt.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Oh! I wonder if it is the liquid brine they have used occasionally here too. It stinks and is brown in color if that gives you a clue, lol!

        But they use straight salt more often.

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        • Profile picture of the author ThomM
          Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

          Oh! I wonder if it is the liquid brine they have used occasionally here too. It stinks and is brown in color if that gives you a clue, lol!

          But they use straight salt more often.

          Terra
          That's probably it
          It depends here on the road as to weather it's salt or sand/salt.
          Most major roads get straight salt but many of the lessor traveled roads will get a sand/salt mix.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    They need to quit making cars that have so little clearance that they can barely get over a speed bump. They wouldn't be scraping all the snow cover that is needed for traction off the roads if people had enough clearance to drive in a few inches of it. It infuriates me to be driving down a perfectly decent road and see a plow come through and bare it right down to ice, making it a skating rink.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I feel your pain. Maybe felt your pain. While I was
    living in Michigan this was the point at which I would
    really get tired of Winter. Not too late to move to
    Florida. There are a lot of 'snow birds' down here
    this time of year.

    -Ray Edwards
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