Halifax Regional Municipality is hoping a salty solution will help drivers get around through the winter.
The city is increasing its use of brine, a spray made of salt and water that is applied before a storm. The water evaporates, leaving behind a film of salt that prevents snow from turning into ice on the pavement.
The city first started spraying it last winter.
"We're finding it's great in the shoulder seasons," said Gordon Hayward, HRM's winter works superintendent. "We're finding now, liquid anti-icing in front of storms is certainly saving on the back end with the salt."
Brine can be applied up to two days before a storm. It's made at two facilities in the city.
"Right now, we're finding the cost is about 7 or 8 cents a litre to make it," said Hayward.
He said it's more cost effective to use brine than just salting the roads after snow falls. Hayward estimated 100,000 litres of brine have been mixed since the start of winter.
In the future, Hayward said Halifax drivers should get used to seeing trucks spraying brine on the roads.
"It will be more the norm than the exception."
But drivers in HRM were divided when asked by the CBC if they noticed a difference.
"I see an improvement over last year," said Bob Parsons. "I find the snow melting quite a bit faster, actually."
"They definitely need more salt, take better care," said Steve Smith.