Can’t beet this ice treatment

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December 30, 2019 - 10:15 AM

A Kansas Department of Transportation truck sprays a brine/beet juice mix Thursday on U.S. 56 between Larned and Pawnee Rock. Crews in that area were spraying bridges and other areas vulnerable to freezing in anticipation of possible ice and snow Friday morning. Beet juice helps brine stick to pavement. KDOT PHOTO

Motorists might notice a darker residue from when road crews treat highways for ice this year.

That’s because beet juice is in the mix.

The Kansas Department of Transportation sometimes mixes beet juice — which leaves a brownish or grayish residue —  with brine (saltwater) that it applies to roadways to melt ice or to slow its formation.

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