Ask Joe: Will NDOT pre-treat roads this winter?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 11/14/2013 12:14 am
Question:
Ron Clement wrote in saying recently NDOT began pre-treating our roads in advance of a projected snow storm.   He says the salt mixture after drying out blew all over the place and made a big mess.  Ron wants to know if NDOT is going to continue the pre-treatment process this winter ?

Answer:
That pre-treatment process is something that NDOT started several years ago and Scott Magruder, the agency spokesman says they've had great success with it.

The pre-treatment involves spraying a very light salt-brine mixture on the roads before a storm moves in.   Magruder says they've found this pre-treatment helps keep the road from freezing up when the storms move in and makes it easier for snow plows to clear the roads.  

  So it's a big plus in terms of safety.  Yes the mixture can be a little messy and they have received a number of calls about that but Magruder says it won't damage your car and again they feel the safety benefits of using this pre-treatment system outweigh any inconvenience from the mess  it may create. 

  And they don't use it indiscriminately.  Magruder says they watch the forecast closely and only pre-treat when there's a good chance that a storm is coming in.

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