PEI

Brine mix melting P.E.I. road ice

A new approach to keeping P.E.I. roads ice-free is working so well it will become a permanent feature.

A new approach to keeping P.E.I. roads ice-free is working so well it will become a permanent feature.

Officials at the province's transportation department say the pilot project used a brine solution this winter on several major highways. The solution mixes road salt with salt water. It melts snow and ice more quickly and reduces salt use.

Darren Chaisson, director of highway maintenance, said it has worked in several other provinces and the test period shows it is working on P.E.I., too.

"We have been getting favourable reviews. Operators seem to be noticing that the salt is activating much quicker on the roads that we are using it on right now," he said.

"Melting seems to be activated much quicker than in the past. The systems on the truck automatically reduce the spread rates of the salt by ten per cent, so we are also noticing a savings there as well."

Chaisson expects any salt trucks purchased in future will have the brine tanks installed.