State switching to brine on wintry roads in northwest Ohio

Crews work to break through layers of ice on the roads in Youngstown, Ohio.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) – Ohio officials say state road crews in northwest Ohio will be switching from road salt to a brine solution this winter to keep interstates and state roads safe for motorists.

Ohio Department of Transportation officials tell The Blade newspaper in Toledo that brine melts snow and ice faster than road salt and should save money in District 2, which includes Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties.

The district spent about $10 million last year on brine. ODOT has four tankers and expects to receive two more by the end of this year to treat Interstate 475, Interstate 75 and U.S. Route 23.

Officials say the solution must be applied every two hours during snowstorms, but won’t be used when it sleets or rains.

Information from: The Blade

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