Public Works crews have pre-treated county roads in advance of storm
FREEHOLD, NJ – Meteorologists predict more than eight inches of snow could fall in Monmouth County in the next 24 hours, and the County’s Public Works crews have been busy today applying liquid salt brine and rock salt to the County roads.
“Pre-treating the roads is key,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “The County’s snow room is open and we are monitoring the storm’s progress and we have 135 trucks outfitted with spreading and plowing capabilities.”
Road crews from the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering have applied liquid salt brine to the County’s roads; they are now following up with an application of salt treated with magnesium chloride. The pre-treatment prevents the snow and ice from bonding to the road surface, making it easier for the plows to clear the snow. The County maintains about 1,000 lane miles of roads.
“Magnesium chloride-treated rock salt is much more effective and, therefore, there is a savings in man hours and material,” said Arnone. “Our process helps us manage the personnel needed at the County’s ten highway districts and dispatch crews as needed.”
According to the National Weather Service, snow and windy conditions are expected in Monmouth County later today and overnight. Combined with wind, drifting snow and temperatures below freezing, travel could be hazardous.
The salt brine and a pre-application of treated rock salt prevent the snow and ice from bonding to the roads, and the treated rock salt is environmentally friendly. It does not burn the grass or other roadside vegetation nor does it corrode the trucks or the steel bridge spans.
“Monmouth County’s snow removal program is unique because we focus on keeping the ice and snow from bonding to the road surface,” said John W. Tobia, director of the County’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “You may notice that the lanes will be slushy instead of iced over. That’s the first step before the plows come by and push it all aside.”
This is the fifth snow season the County has used the salt brine combined with magnesium chloride-treated rock salt. The new rock salt is much more efficient than the old rock salt, which was very corrosive to bridge structures, roadside vegetation, the roadway itself and trucks and equipment.