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Thruway ice cure: Beet juice and brine

Road treatment cuts down salt use

A de-icing truck containing a beet juice mixture sits at the New York State Thruway Headquarters in Albany on Friday, December 21, 2012.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A de-icing truck containing a beet juice mixture sits at the New York State Thruway Headquarters in Albany on Friday, December 21, 2012.
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Sugar beets are now making the state Thruway a sweet ride during the winter. The root vegetable grown in the Midwest and responsible for producing around 40 percent of the sugar used in the United States is being used extensively to keep ice from developing on the 570-mile expanse of the superhighway. Thruway Authority crews use sugar beet juice mixed with a salt brine to treat the surface before winter weather events and then to ...

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