INDOT recycle program helps keep roads safe

Freezing temperatures are to blame for some slick spots Monday morning and crews have been working tirelessly to make sure they roads are as safe as possible for your commute.

INDOT snow plow trucks are out for hours before they eventually head home. Once the trucks get there, the work isn’t over. They have to get washed because they are usually covered in salt. What is interesting is that water used to clean the trucks is then recycled and put back on the roadways.

It is all part of INDOT’s Brine Recycle Program. Matt Deitchley works with INDOT and says once the trucks come back, they are washed and that salt water mixture is then collected and stored.

He says they then take the salty water mixture, or brine, and reuse it to pretreat the roads.

“That will stay on the roads for several days and will act as a pretreatment, so when the snow falls or the ice forms it will melt it as its forming there. It kind of gives us a leg up on clearing the roadways,” says Deitchley.

It’s not just a great way to get a “leg up” on clearing the roads, Deitchley says this recycling program saves taxpayers money.

“All of this for about eight cents per gallon and typically standard de-icer’s could be more than a dollar a gallon, so really an effective use of taxpayer money,” explains Deitchley.

To give you an idea of how much brine is actually used, he says a fully loaded brine truck holds 2500 gallons.

Now, this program is relatively new. It started in the last five years and not everyone around Indiana is using it. In fact, Deitchley says several other states are looking to Indiana for more information with the hopes of expanding their programs.

Take a look at the fun video INDOT put together explaining the program.

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