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NEWS RELEASE: Missouri transportation department fights ice with beet juice

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by dforbes, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    Jefferson City -
    Beets are not only healthy to eat, but research proves they can keep you safer on the roads as well. For the past few years, the Missouri Department of Transportation has been using an anti-icing product called Geomelt made from sugar beets to help keep the roads clear.

    “Anything that keeps roads safer during extreme temperatures and bad weather means more lives saved," said Jim Carney, MoDOT's State Maintenance Engineer. “Because of the great results we’ve seen using beet juice, we’ve increased usage almost 700 percent over the last couple of years.”

    MoDOT first started testing Geomelt in northwest Missouri in 2006, and now is using it statewide. In 2008, the department used 35,000 gallons of Geomelt. Last winter, 242,000 gallons were used. So far this year, at the end of 2009, 78,000 gallons of the juice assisted crews in fighting winter storms.