few Testimonials from our users
Sugar Coated Salt
Helps Save the Environment!
Parkway is in their ninth year of using an environmentally
friendly, green product,
B’Gone treated salt, for winter snow and ice removal. This
agriculturally modified salt was first used nine years ago
in Paramus and Holmdel, New Jersey, as a trial product,
under the supervision of Rob Fischer of Engineering and Tom
Aitken of Roadway Maintenance both representing the Parkway.
In the beginning,
I.M.U.S. Inc. brought portable mixing equipment to their
site to mix the
salt piles with the Ice B’Gone liquid, at a rate of eight
gallons per ton. Now, every ton of salt applied on the
Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike will be
premixed and delivered already treated from International
Rock Salt's mines and stocking locations. The Turnpike
for trying this brown, sweet smelling, molasses-like product
were threefold. One, it reduced the usage of salt
approximately 30%, two, it dropped the working temperature
from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to below 0 degrees Fahrenheit,
and most importantly, it reduced the corrosiveness of the
They have not
only reached these three goals, but have also witnessed
substantial reductions in dust clouds around the toll plazas
after storms, normally caused by the untreated salt.
residue effect from storm to storm has noticeably improved
with the use of the agriculturally treated salt, to the
point that service levels have increased immensely.
The long term
hope is that the reduced corrosion of the salt will save the
Parkway and the Turnpike substantial money in their bridge
maintenance requirement, as well as equipment repair. The
Turnpike and Garden State Parkway have been the leaders and
innovators in the State of New Jersey and have assisted
other state agencies in recognizing the value of such a
product. The New Jersey DOT put out a bid this year for 250
thousand tons of this product.
In essence, there
is no sweeter product out there than sugar coated salt.
Vermont Cold No Longer a Problem!
Vermont district three had turned to calcium chloride when
winter weather came knocking on their door. The product
worked well in low temperatures initially, but began to
re-freeze after a meager 10 to 15 minutes. District three
was lacking in trucks with appropriate spraying systems, and
the few trucks they had went down quickly due to the highly
corrosive nature of the calcium. The search for a suitable
alternative was on.
Soon, a new,
promising product arose, catching the eye of eager district
three. This anti-icing heavyweight, Ice B'Gone, was an
agriculturally enhanced Magnesium Chloride. They were
initially intrigued as it solved their equipment issues as
they could mix at their sites with salt at a rate of 8
gallons per ton.
It lowered the
working temperature drastically, and helped to keep roads
safe and bare during their night-time breaks (crews sent
home from 10:00pm till 4:00am) without the refreeze problems
they had experienced with the liquid calcium. An example of
this was a seemingly inconspicuous storm three years ago. It
was nearing quitting time and temperatures were near 20
degrees Fahrenheit. One to three inches of snow was
forecasted to fall overnight, and the crew knew they would
be in trouble the next morning if they didn't do something
quick. The trucks went out at 6:00pm and laid a layer of
treated salt on the roads, then left for home at 10:00pm,
waiting anxiously to see how the roads would hold up. In the
morning at 4:00am, their roads were bare from shoulder to
shoulder. The neighboring county's section of highway was
about the treated salt's corrosivity. Well, believe it or
not, there's a story for that too. A driver for district
three had a rusty hydraulic coupling, and with nothing
better to do with it, put it in a jug of the Ice-B-Gone.
After a few months, he took it out to reveal a seemingly
brand new coupling. Just another job well done.
So it seems that
the treated salt can't be beat. Dave Patterson said they are
so happy with their current program they have no plans to
change, only to add more mixing capacity at their sites.
Capitol City Has Capitol Idea to Solve Snow and Ice Woes....
ICE B'GONE Salt!
Bob Freeman, City
of Hartford Streets Superintendent, said they used to use a
variety of salt and sand blends prior to their
implementation of Ice B'Gone treated salt. Previously they
ranged from as much as 1 sand to 1 salt to as little as 4 to
1. The downside to these mixes was in the spring clean-up.
It used to take the entire department as much as six weeks
to clean City streets, now it only takes one week. To
achieve the elimination of sand the City had to adopt a
proactive approach when using Ice B'Gone treated salt. They
used to apply just as the storm started, now they send, when
pavement temperatures are below 35F, their drivers, all 27
routes (secondary sections only low traffic), out one hour
to two hours prior to the forecasted start (dependent on
rush hour) to the storm with less than 200lb per center lane
mile application rates. In doing this they have found that
snow never has a chance to bond to the road "snow just
doesn't stick" Bob reports.
Bob relayed a
story about a storm that occurred on Feb 12th 2006, last
year's worst storm, total snowfall 21.9" over 24 hours
coldest temperature was 19F, warmest was 27F. They
dispatched their trucks 2-3 hours before the storm hit
applied all 27 routes with Ice B'Gone treated salt. As the
intensity of the storm got too severe they stopped plowing
and applying and waited for the storm to slow down. As it
slowed down they got out, plowed and applied some chemical
and the roads cleared quickly. The snow was not hard bonded,
the secondary, which always gave them trouble were clear and
dry almost as soon as the storm was over. One of the biggest
benefits is the reduction in post-storm clean-up and the
reduction in the associated phone complaints.
Bob says the
initial cost is higher but the overall savings are too many
to list when speaking of eliminating sand. He was very
pleased with International Salt's ability to deliver large
orders within 2-3 days. He also relayed a story about the
product's ability to reduce corrosion: A parks and
recreation truck was loaded with Ice B'Gone treated salt and
left, accidentally, in the yard for 5 months before they
found the truck and finally unloaded it. They were amazed at
how little corrosion was evident. They look forward to the
long term benefits of using a salt that is low in corrosion.
ICE B'GONE Salt creates explosive Nitro Effect when On-Board
Dan Norton says
that he has tried every de-icing combination over the years
and nothing has ever come close to the explosive effect of
combining 8 gallons per ton Ice B'Gone, already treated
rock salt with an additional shot of 8 gallons of liquid Ice
B'Gone through his on-board prewetting systems.
He started using
liquids many years ago when liquid calcium was the only
available product, it worked well, but the trucks were
rusting apart from the corrosivity of the chemical. He tried
magnesium chloride and a few other versions of magnesium
chloride based products but came to rest upon Ice B'Gone.
Dan said "The
other liquids worked well but Ice B'Gone seems to stay on
the road better than all other liquids that he has tried to
date. The residue effect is unbeatable. With the current
cost of fuel I can't count the number of times this product
has saved us in trips." He attributes the residue effect to
the high concentration of solids in the liquid, almost 40%,
as well as the viscosity and stickiness seem to hold the
salt brine to the road.
Best Story: The
State, prior to using liquid, had a storm that started out
as rain, converted to snow and then the temps dropped out of
sight to near zero. Applied liquid Ice B'Gone with salt
throughout the storm. At the end of the storm Town roads
were bare and dry. The State had to work two to three days
to get the roads back.
Now we’re buying
pretreated salt from International Salt and when it’s cost
effective to send crews home early he adds liquid to the
already treated salt through the onboard tanks, which
produces a nitro salt that bares and dries the roads
More Ice B'Gone treated salt. Also currently trying Ice
B'Gone II liquid, a more concentrated version of the
original Ice B'Gone. We look forward to hear his comments.
Small Town, Windsor MA, Saves Big!
Todd Dewkett says
"Biggest reason, money, he switched from Salt and sand to
treated sand and liquid de-icing was money". He has 62.5
miles of road and only an $85,000.00 budget, 4yrs ago salt
was $32.00/ton and salt is now $60.00/ton. Todd feels that
the liquid has allowed him to stay within budget, due to the
spiraling fuel and product costs, he should be spending more
than what he was four years ago, but he is not.
this to reduced trips as it takes 100 gallons of fuel per
trip and that with the liquids he doesn't have to re-apply
nearly as often, thereby saving large amounts on fuel and
wear and tear on the trucks.
Four years ago,
Todd was using 98% sand and 2% salt for his de-icing mix and
as you can well expect he was not able to provide much
better than hard packed roads covered in brown sand. Due to
this mess, low service and environmental downsides with sand
he decided to make a change. He transitioned into a
multi-purpose skid mount unit to stockpile treat and
anti-ice with. He used liquids in the high traffic, high
service roads to bare the middle of the roads. Transitioned
from a hand spray wand mixing system for his sand to a
loader mount system to make it a one man operation, mix it
now with one man at a ratsde of only two gallons per ton of
sand and apply liquids for anti-icing and de-icing from 3
on-board mounted truck systems.
If there is a
high probability for a storm and the pavement temperatures
are cold, Todd will pretreat roads with liquid Mag, "they
always plow back to bare roads", apply 12-15 gallons per
mile (application rate should be adjusted to temperature,
lower temps - higher application). This week, January 22nd
2007, prime example, scraped roads Monday, applied 6
gallons liquid/mile, everyday it snowed 1/2” to 3/4", temps
15F night to 28F day, there was no need to re-apply or plow
except on roads where liquid was not applied.
towns were out everyday. He has found Mag chloride great for
de-icing due to strength and cost but it doesn't work as
well as a bond breaker. As a de-icer he found it to be more
effective than Ice B'Gone. Todd says, "20 gallons/mile does
great for melting hard pack even into single digit temps."
For gravel roads,
mixing liquid in his sand gives him amazing results. In the
spring, roads harden faster, pothole less and dust less. Ice
B'Gone acts like a glue both during winter applications or
as a summer dust control product. Future plans: add
more capacity. Currently only have 120-140 gallon/truck
capacity and small pumps. He wants 300 gallons/truck and
larger pumps to pump 7-8 gal/minute. There are three trucks
in his fleet.
9000 Tons of Sand will no Longer Plague the
Town of New Milford
The Largest Town, New Milford, in CT sweeps
sand under the carpet with the Implementation of Ice B'Gone
Two years ago
Gerry Hollins started looking for ways to reduce the amount
of sand his town kept using each winter to maintain
traveling safety in their hilly town. Gerry states “Sand was
almost a year round function in New Milford, 3 months to
haul it in and mix it with salt, 5 months of applying it
during the winter, and then in the spring it would take a 5
man crew 4 months to sweep up the roadsides” and this
doesn't even include the year-round catch basin cleaning
that is required to keep his system clear.
single motivator to try Ice B'Gone was to "get out of the
sand business!" He had heard from the City of Torrington,
that Ice B'Gone would achieve this goal. Gerry attended
several presentations and eventually decided to do the
entire Town and in one year eliminate all sand usage. With
this in mind he invited Daren Crawford, V.P. Sales &
Marketing to give a driver training class at his town hall.
The drivers were very hesitant even hostile to this change.
They were concerned about not having enough traction during
the storms to make it up and down the severely hilly areas
within the Town (Berkshire Mountains). Daren Crawford's
perspective was that this was the longest driver training
class he had ever given. The questions were excellent,
thought-out and driven by their concern for public safety.
Gerry had to
continually reinforce that the product would perform and
that they would persist until it did work, “no going back”.
After the first storm we discovered the product was
everything it was said to be. We adjusted our timing in the
beginning and got the material down early and we never lost
the bond, "the snow never stuck". “We moved the overtime
from the back of the storm to the front and in turn, it
eliminated all of our traditional call backs.” Through the
balance of the winter we found the product worked better and
better and as our confidence grew we were able to reduce our
applications from 250lb to 200 lbs per single lane mile.
gave a presentation near Hartford in March and five of the
drivers from New Milford came to speak of their experiences.
The glowing reviews and stories were well received by the
other 60 highway officials. It was a stark contrast from the
plans are to implement a weather service to see if they can
get better forecasting and to implement an anti-icing
strategy to increase their proactivity in preventing the
snow from getting a bond with the road.