New Road Treatment Cheaper, Better

The new pre-treatment the Public Works Department is using on town roads before storms is performing well, is better for the environment and is cost effective, town officials say.


Town officials are please with a new road pre-treatment used before storms that keeps the roads cleaner and makes snow cleanup easier.

"Mayor Scott D. Jackson and Hamden Public Works Director Craig Cesare are pleased to announce the introduction of a new winter road treatment product for the town of Hamden," the two said in a release this week.. The town recently switched to the new product called ClearLane Enhanced Deicer, which they say is proving to be a more effective and efficient product for the Department of Public Works following its use in the last storm.

Pre-treating the roads is an important part of snow plowing, but using traditional products such as sand and salt are costly and can be inefficient, which led Cesare to expore alternatives. 

"ClearLane, which has a more accurate distribution method than traditional mixtures, allows for a minimal amount to be used while still providing the safest conditions possible," he said. "The product works at colder temperatures than salt and allows for less sand to be used, which then saves the town from having to clean significant amounts of sand from every road in the spring.

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"The town began using an improved deicing product last year, which was a significant improvement from salt and sand. This new product allows for better pre-treatment of the roads, without costly retrofitting of Town vehicles originally planned, providing a safer road and less cost."

ClearLane also has a lower corrosion rate than rock salt and is more environmentally friendly, having been designated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency as a "Design for Environment" product.

“Making our roadways safe is always our top winter priority. To be able to do this effectively and within budget, all while reducing the negative impact to vehicles and the environment, is a great step,” Jackson said.

West Hartford has been using this product since 2009, and other cities and towns are following suit, Jackson said, and those have saived between 20 to 40 percent in treatment costs.

“Last winter was the first year we used roadway deicer and it was deemed a success," Cesare said. "We have upgraded to this product in our effort to continually improve our pre-treatment efforts.” 

Linda C January 18, 2013 at 04:07 PM
This story was shown on WVIT Channel 30 last evening. It's a mechanic stating that whatever it is they are using these days is causing major corrosion problems to cars like they've never seen before. Might want to check it out. http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Growing-Concern-That-Road-De-Icer-Could-Damage-Vehicles_Hartford.html
Reyn Richard January 18, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Apparently this mix is highly corrosive. I believe Hamden Public Works should be advising citizens as to these hazards. otherwise lawsuits are likely. "State DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick says the mix works well and it's up to motorists to wash their cars to avoid corrosion." http://www.norwichbulletin.com/newsnow/x1631904848/Truckers-want-Connecticut-to-change-deicing-chemical#axzz2ILmyI6Vi http://www.cargill.com/products/salt/winter/deicers/index.jsp
Thomas Alegi January 18, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Mayor Jackson and Hamden’s Public Works Director Craig Cesare said the same thing about this road treatment product last year, so what is new? What is new, is that Mayor Jackson is using basic phycology to bring about Culture-change to ward off negative comments regarding Hamden’s P/W and show removal. Culture change is a term used to emphasize the influence of cultural capital on individual and community behavior. Nice job Mayor Jackson your phycology education is showing with this press release. LOL
Larry January 18, 2013 at 08:14 PM
State DOT and Public Works use differant product.Linda what you saw on the news was the DOT.The product that the DOT is using is defenitly more corrosive compared to what public work uses.never the less what public works uses is still corrosive but not as bad as what the DOT uses. FYI
Larry January 18, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Tom, What was used last year was a molasses mixture w/salt which was brown in color.this year it's a different mixture ,not sure of what is in the mixture but i know it's a salt mixture with some kind of green color added to it.So last years product was brown and this year the product is green,so there is some kind of change from last year.FYI
Thomas Alegi January 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Larry thanks for the clarification. Larry, you used the word corrosive in your clarification, maybe you can answer this question or maybe some else would like to answer this question. What will happen to town bridges when ClearLane a corrosive seeps through bridge roadway cracks and makes contact with bridge reinforcing steel? Will ClearLane a corrosive accelerate the deterioration of bridge reinforcing steel like any corrosive does? If what I just wrote, is accurate in any way where is the cost savings by using ClearLane if town bridges have to be replace sooner than later?
Larry January 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Tom,Good question ClearLane enhanced deicer is a pre-wet sodium chloride made from a patented liquid magnesium chloride formula and mixing process. Combined with pre-wetting and deicing agents, including a PNS-approved corrosion inhibitor, a coloring agent, and a leaching inhibitor, ClearLane enhanced deicer is a superior deicer for effective winter road maintenance that’s anti-corrosive, better for the environment than traditional road salt and an alternative to road salt. What public works uses is totally differant then what the DOT uses.Clearlane is much,much less corrosive so i dont think there is any worry about bridge's.I hope i clarified that a little better.
Larry January 18, 2013 at 11:27 PM
i say much less corrosive to not corrosive at all.
Thomas Alegi January 19, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Larry, I hope you do not mind if I ask you to try to answer this question. The RT-15 Bridge over Dixwell Ave. is the color pink. What is causing this pick colored concrete to change to white on some areas of the bridge like the concrete abutments and the left and right parapets (jersey barriers) could calcium chloride be at work?
Larry January 19, 2013 at 03:56 PM
The state DOT uses liquid Calcium chloride ( they pre-treat bridges before a storm ) - This is basically traditional ice melt. It will melt ice to temperatures of -25˚F. It gives off heat as it dissolves which melts the ice quicker but leaves a slimy residue. It is corrosive to metal and can be damaging to vegetation if over-applied. Magnesium chloride is a very similar product and becoming more popular. It is less corrosive and safer on concrete and plants. so the white color you see on the bridge is the slimy residue? That would be my guess,but not 100% sure.


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