CDOT pretreating roads with anti-icing brine mix

Posted at 6:35 AM, Jan 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-04 08:49:24-05

DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Transportation has pretreated several areas in preparation for the snow storm and cold temperatures.

The white lines in the road lanes are an anti-icing brine mix.

"This product is applied hours before a snowstorm or icestorm and will appear as white stripes on the roadway once dry," CDOT said. "Unlike other anti-icing products used throughout the country, CDOT's brine mix contains a corrosion inhibitor, which helps prevent damage on both vehicles and infrastructure."

While that anti-corrosive additive helps reduce damage, it is always a great idea to wash your car after every snow storm, said Denver7 traffic reporter Jayson Luber.

CDOT said once snow begins to fall, or the temperature drops below freezing, crews stop using the anti-icer and switch over to de-icers.

"Anti-icing prevents snow and ice from bonding to the roadway, making it much easier for plows to clear the roads when combined with de-icers," officials said. "De-icers melt the ice and snow."

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