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Wayne Post
  • NYS Thruway Authority to use beet juice to pre-treat roads

  • The New York State Thruway Authority will use thousands of tons of rock salt – as well as an innovative anti-icing mix of sugar beet juice and brine used to pre-treat roadways – to fight winter weather conditions.

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  • The New York State Thruway Authority will use thousands of tons of rock salt – as well as an innovative anti-icing mix of sugar beet juice and brine used to pre-treat roadways – to fight winter weather conditions.
    The beet juice and brine mixture has in recent years proven to be an effective pre-treatment to prevent icing.
    More than 600 Thruway employees work round-the-clock as part of the Thruway’s winter maintenance and safety efforts, using more than 200 large plow truck with salt spreaders as well as smaller plow trucks, front-end loaders and large snowblowers.
    Thruway Authority and State Police officials also encourage motorists to follow safety tips for the cold weather ahead:
    · Properly maintain your vehicle.
    · Keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times.
    · Warm up your vehicle in accordance with operating instructions, and remove all ice and snow from windows and vehicle surfaces before starting your trip.
    · Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle, including blankets, gloves, hats, flashlight and extra batteries, a shovel, sack of sand, non-perishable food, water and any needed medication.
    ·  Plan your trips carefully, listen to weather reports to find out weather conditions for your travel route.
    ·  If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay there until it’s safe to pass.
    ·  Be alert and allow extra distance between your vehicle and others. Remember that a snowplow driver has a limited field of vision, so stay back at least 15 car lengths until you’re sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
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