WETTED SALT PROCESS FOR IMPROVED SNOW AND ICE CONTROL

The document is intended for local and state officials who desire to broaden and enhance their awareness of the wetted salt process. The development history and expected benefits are briefly described, along with an outline of the basically simple implementation requirements. The process of using liquid calcium chloride to wet road salt before spreading it on streets, roads, and highways can improve its deicing action and reduce the amount of salt that is required. The process should be useful in the operations of any jurisdiction which has a need to clear ice and hard-packed snow from streets and highways when ambient temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit and lower. The wetted salt process is proving to be attractive in terms of both improved deicing action and the relative cost of deicing operations. The report deals with practical experience and highlights the important issues in deicing operations, including effectiveness, costs, and environmental conditions. An economic analysis and sample worksheets are presented to assist a local evaluation of the wetted salt process. The entire volume reflects recent experience and cost values taken from the reports of local government which have implemented the process.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Public Technology, Incorporated

    1140 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036

    National Science Foundation

    Research Applied to National Needs
    Washington, DC  USA  20550
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Pagination: 28 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-770580
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-C834
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM