December 17, 2008

City to use less sand and salt this winter

Press release from the public works department:

The City of Bristol Public Works Department is expanding their de-icing program throughout the city using a product called Ice B Gone 2 on city streets during the 2008-2009 winter season. This product with a magnesium chloride wetting agent is applied as a pre-treatment before a winter storm, as weather permits, and is intended to prevent ice from adhering to roadway surfaces. This de-icing and road treatment was used as a trial in the area around Redstone Hill Road with very positive results during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 winter seasons.  In addition to being more effective than traditional sand/salt treatment, the de-icing treatment uses less material saving money in our winter operations budget.

Ice B Gone 2 is a treated rock salt material that is environmentally friendly, less corrosive and is distributed more efficiently than traditional rock salt.  Ice B Gone 2 lasts longer and melts faster at lower temperatures than regular salt. Ice B Gone 2 also prevents refreeze commonly associated with regular rock salt.  The treatment of the salt results in less bounce and scatter when applied to the roadway.  Residents may not be able to detect a visible material on the roads, but treated roads will have better traction and minimal icing once snow/ice begins to cover the road. This product will also be applied during and after precipitation as needed.  A salt/sand mixture and liquid magnesium chloride may also be applied as needed.

During or after a winter storm, you may not see evidence of sand having been distributed on City streets, but please be assured that the City of Bristol will be treating roadway surfaces to ensure safe travel.

More information on snow removal and ice control operations can be found on our web site at:

As a reminder, City ordinance prohibits parking vehicles on any street or highway between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day during the period from December fifteenth to March fifteenth of each year.

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Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, this program was started two, three seasons back.

Guess it seems to be working.

Anonymous said...

Well it shows that they (the city) are following through, it's bad enough they will do that but have you been on gridley street lately? The parking on the side of the road for the laundramat is ridiculous I thought there was a ban when there is a storm.. apparently gridley street is exempt, where are bristols finest to issues tickets?

S. Claus said...

A Merry Christmas to All!!