Knox County uses beet juice concoction to melt ice

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Vincennes - Road crews in a southern Indiana county say they're saving the county tens of thousands of dollars using a mixture of beet juice and salt brine to keep local roads free of snow and ice.

Knox County road foreman Joe Pea tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that the unusual mixture is much cheaper and faster-acting than traditional rock salt as a road pretreatment. He says it cost about $2,900 to use the beet juice-brine during a snowfall last week.

That's far less than the $20,000 cost of using traditional rock salt, and Pea says he and his co-workers may have saved the county $100,000 by building their own equipment for spreading the beet juice-brine mixture.

Pea says calls are coming in from other cities eager to try the same system.

Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial

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