ROUGH ROADS: Ice Calls For New Treatment
The deep freeze has made it tough for crews to treat roads, leaving some in bad shape for drivers.
“They`ve been absolutely bad this year, first it`ll melt then it will ice over then it will snow again so ya it`s been a vicious cycle of that,” says motorist Pamella Loyola.
When temperatures dip below 15 degrees, de-icing chemicals start to freeze, making for a slick commute.
With snow and ice already on the road along with wet pavement and blowing snow it makes things even worse.
De-icing chemicals and salt work a lot slower in colder temperatures, which is forcing metro road crews to take a different route.
Iowa Department of Transportation, Eric Lack, says “If our chemicals aren`t working the best, we try to stay out there and apply a friction material then scrape with our ice blades.”
Crews are using a combination of de-icing chemicals and sand to treat the roads.
They say their next hope is for a warm up to help melt the ice.