Friday, January 7, 2011
City trucks have been working around the clock to pretreat emergency routes with brine in preparation for this weekend's winter blast.
De-icer trucks have been putting the less costly brine mixture onto main roads since Wednesday.
"The cost of salt and sand is much greater. We still use salt and sand but we apply that material during a storm. This one we can apply days in advance of a storm," said Aaron Henning, City of Wichita Assistant Maintenance Engineer.
City crews have increased the usage of brine for the past four years and say it is cheaper and more effective for pretreating roads.
"The brine helps to kind of delay the formation of ice on the road. It also helps break the bond between any ice or snow packed on the road. It makes it easier for us to get out there and clean things up if the storm does come through," said Henning.
It took two and a half days to get all the emergency roads treated with the brine mixture. The city expects to treat school routes and then secondary routes with brine.