KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Knox County Highway Department Thursday began the process of mixing its homemade road treatment and snow-melt: salt-brine. The effort is in preparation of Storm Team 10’s weekend forecasted snow and ice event.
The Highway Department gave News 10 a behind the scenes tour of how that mix is created, stored and later, used on roadways.
“We try to keep our tanks full at all times, especially during the winter months, just to be ready,” said Randy Anthis, Knox County Highway Spokesperson and general foreman.
“It’s a concept of water and salt mixed,” said Anthis, talking about the winter-battle-ale. “Add the calcium chloride to it and it takes it down to like negative 10 before it will freeze.”
The salt-brine making process is relatively new to the area, and exclusive in Knox County at this time, however, Anthis noted that Daviess County was working on getting the process rolling to use in its highway department. The mix is an effort to cut down on using salt, which according to Anthis, is a higher price and hard to find in the last few months of winter.
“I can’t give you numbers on how much money we save but I know we save a lot by doing this, mixing it our self,” he added. Highway officials say they’ll treat high priority areas first; highways, school bus routes and major thoroughfares; then some of the secondary roads.
But, the lesson learned in Knox County Thursday is that a little planning ahead will save time when the winter weather works its way into the Wabash Valley.
“Heard rumor we’re supposed to get a lot of snow so better to be prepared,” said Anthis.