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Beet juice used to de-ice roads

Updated: Jan 4, 2010

JOPLIN, MO. - The Missouri Department of Transportation is going organic when it comes to de-icing roads.

Instead of using liquid sodium chloride snow plow drivers are soaking salt in beet juice.  The mixture is not red but instead a brownish color.

MODOT says beet juice with salt is less corrosive on roads and cars.  Workers say the juice prevents salt from caking during storage.

"A lot of times we'll go ahead and mix it in our salt before we store it in a salt dome," says Wendy Bruener of MODOT.  "So from what was stored last year, yeah, they did use a bit of it at the end of last year, so what was stored isn't as crusty.

While the beet juice can melt ice, salt is still used because it melts snow better.

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