- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is moving away from using salt to melt ice in northwestern Ohio, instead opting for brine solution in hopes of keeping roads in better condition.

The move in District 2 should save the state money and melt ice faster, Department of Transportation Administrator Dale Calcamuggio told The Blade in Toledo (https://bit.ly/1SlnnOi).

It is unclear how much money will be saved, as salt prices change year-to-year, and the state buys different quantities depending on the weather.

Calcamuggio said salt doesn’t melt ice unless it’s mixed with water and becomes brine. The district can skip a step by using brine directly, he said.

“It starts melting right away,” he said Tuesday.

The district, which includes Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams, and Wood counties, spent about $10 million last year on the material. It 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.

The solution must be reapplied every two hours during storms, Calcamuggio said, and it will not be used during sleet or rain since it is more likely to be washed off.

The average highway speeds on salt-treated roads should rise from between 15 and 20 miles per hour to 15 and 45 mph, Calcamuggio said, and the number of crashes should decrease.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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