WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – With the rising cost of road salt, crews across the Valley are trying come up with more cost-effective ways of clearing the roads this winter. In Trumbull County, new equipment is being installed that will help.
The Trumbull County Engineer’s office will be installing a 6,000 gallon tank to hold beet juice mix in an effort to save money on road salt.
According to our media partner the Tribune Chronicle, the 24 by 24-square-foot building will come complete with a spray bar specially designed to mix beet juice brine with road salt already loaded on to trucks this winter.
Two tanks have also been ordered that will be placed in plow truck beds used to pretreat the roads.
The beet juice mixture is dark in color and does not quickly freeze, and it helps to weigh down road salt, keeping it on the road longer with less chance of ice reforming right away.
The entire project will cost about $41,000 with the beet juice running about $1.50 per gallon.