BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Snow removal strategies are always evolving and several cities along the Wasatch Front like North Ogden, Farmington and Cottonwood Heights are spicing up their snow removal plans with a new road salt.
The Utah Department of Transportation is even test out the new product called Ice Kicker by Saltworx.
It’s new and it’s blue. Several agencies in the state are testing out a new road salt, so when temperatures dip into the teens, Bountiful is going to use the blue.
A flurry of winter weather hits the valley and drivers are saying road salt gives them reassurance. There’s a new type of salt you can’t miss.
The blue is making its way into storage sheds along the Wasatch Front. It’s an agent that supposedly works faster than regular salt when temperatures tumble.
“We lined up two trucks last year, it was about 18-29 degrees. We used the same spread of Radon H, went the same distance and I timed it, our regular white road salt started working in 9-10 minutes this started working in one to 2 minutes melting that ice,” said Gary Blowers, Bountiful City Street Director.
Lake effect snow has a habit of hitting hard in Bountiful City. The director of snow removal says with steep hills thrown in into the 160 miles being maintained, time is of the essence.
The blue salt cost about $15 more a ton. Last year, the city used 16,000 tons of road salt.
“We’re going to supplement it. Most of our storms that come through are a warmer storm and our white road salt is very sufficient, it’s a lot less money also, we want to supplement this when we get colder temperatures,” said Blowers.
The Ice Kicker is used when temperatures are in the teens and low 20s. The product is made locally and the color allows drivers to see which roads have been treated.
“It’s an insurance policy for me, it’s a back up. It’s something I know is going to work for us, and work quicker for us to make sure everybody is safe,” said Blowers.