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Hannibal road crews hoping brine treatment works against overnight freezing

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HANNIBAL (WGEM) -- Road crews in Hannibal said they're hoping their brine treatment they used Wednesday and Tuesday night will help keep roads from getting too slick.

Hannibal crews finished plowing just after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night and said they pre-treated Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with salt brine, and sprayed it on their road material as well.

Overnight, they said without more precipitation they're hoping the brine will keep things from freezing over too much before they head out in the morning for more plowing.

"Everything we spread tonight had salt brine mixed in with it. So refreeze shouldn't be a terrible problem, there'll be slick spots throughout the town, but it should hold to below 10 degrees," said Street Department Traffic Supervisor Rich Dauma.

He said the brine treatment they began to implement last year cost thousands of dollars less than when they used calcium in the past, with the brine costing just 9-cents a gallon and the calcium costing around 90-cents a gallon.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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