When Bare Pavement Is the Target, Liquids Help Get There Faster

Liquids provide many benefits to any winter maintenance program. Dry materials need to dissolve into a solution using the moisture around them before they can start working to break the bond between the snow, ice, and pavement. Instead, liquids (like salt brine) start working immediately and can jump start the deicing process.

  • Anti-icing, the practice of spraying liquid on the pavement surface before a winter snow storm, prevents the snow and ice from bonding to the pavement surface making mechanical clearing faster and more efficient – ultimately reducing how much deicer is needed to achieve safe surfaces.
  • Pretreating or pre-wetting dry materials with a liquid, like salt brine, can reduce bounce and scatter to keep more deicer where it needs to be for safe surfaces.
  • Using a Direct Liquid Application during or after a storm, “Liquid Only Routes”, can be a great way to save on materials and still meet service goals. Because the liquids start working immediately, the benefits of deicing can be realized faster. By adding liquids to their operations some agencies have seen 25-50% savings on materials alone.


Wisconsin Salt Wise - Brine on a Budget Webinar

Wisconsin Salt Wise - Brine 101 Webinar

Wisconsin Salt Wise - Direct Liquid Application Webinar

Wisconsin Salt Wise – Brine Blends Webinar

Clear Roads - Liquid-Only Roadway Treatments: Benefits, Equipment Types, and Usage Parameters

Liquids for Snow & Ice Control

The Fine Art of Brine Making

Reducing Chloride Emissions: The Boost & Reduce Method

Phil Sexton/Camion Videos on Liquids

Handouts and Articles

Pre-wetting and Anti-icing — Techniques for Winter Road Maintenance

By Wisconsin Transportation Information Center

clear roads liquid roadway treatments technical reference guide

By Clear Roads

liquid roadway treatments start-up reference guide

By Clear Roads

Pre-wetting Best Management Practices

By New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire DOT, Technology Transfer Center

Review and Summary of Pre-Wet Methods and Procedures

By Clear Roads

Brine Making Methods and Procedures

By New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire DOT, Technology Transfer Center

Achieving Liquidity In Snow Services

By Langton Group

SIMA Snow Business Magazine

All Wet? You don’t have to go liquids-only for them to make an ops impact

By Josh Howver, Cornerstone Partners, in SIMA Magazine