New Salt Brine System Readied in Time for Winter Storms in Jackson
Mayor Michael Reina announces the delivery, installation, and storage distribution of equipment in preparation for the 2013 Winter Season.
In an effort to mitigate hazardous driving conditions during the Winter months on the Township’s 100 square miles of roadway the Mayor and Department of Public Works Director Fred Rasiewicz requested that The Township Council authorize the purchase of the liquid brine production system.
Salt brine is used as a pre-wetting, anti-icing, and /or a de-icing agent on pavement of roadways and airport runways. “Salt brine is effective in protecting against the first 1-2” of snow while allowing effective application 48 hours or more prior to the event. The witness lines from the salt brine on the pavement enables the Township residents and visitors to see that we have prepared for weather events before they occur”, said Mayor Michael Reina.
“Unlike liquid calcium chloride residual, salt brine will not attract and hold moisture to our roads creating the possibility of black ice,” said Council President Ken Bressi.
With an effective temperature to below zero degrees Fahrenheit, salt brine will be effective in almost all winter events in our zone, where pavement surface temperatures rarely fall below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. At an application rate of 50 gallons per lane mile and a cost of approximately .10 per gallon this will be a savings as we are currently applying 114lbs of salt per lane mile at a typical granular application of 4 to 8 times that amount of material. “This is an environmental advantage as well as a dramatic cost savings to taxpayers and provide safer road conditions for all those who travel our roadways,” said Fred Rasiewicz, Director of Public Works.