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Beet Juice Replaces Salt on Icy Roads

LOGAN COUNTY (Jen French) -- As some road crews have discovered, a food can melt ice more effectively than salt.

The Logan County Engineers Office is using Beet Heet, a liquid mixture made from the root vegetable, to beat the snow.

Logan County tested the substance last year but this is the first winter they plan to use it on the roads.

County Engineer Scott Coleman said the sticky liquid will keep more salt on the road.

Beet Heat is about $1.38 a gallon -- compared to 10 to 15 cents a gallon for the salt brine -- but Coleman hopes the county can use less of the higher-quality product.
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