Clark Puts Road Brine to the Test

A tank and brine spreader are affixed to a Clark DPW truck.  The tank is filled in Rahway, where the brine mixing machine is housed.  Credits: Township of Clark, Used with Permission

CLARK, NJ - With a light snowfall expected on Tuesday morning, Clark’s new brine spreader was given its first workout of the season on Monday. Department of Public Works employees applied the brine solution to miles of roadway throughout the township.

The brine solution appears as thin white stripes in the traffic lanes. As precipitation hits the brine, it melts and spreads, providing complete surface coverage. The brine eliminates the need for traditional rock salt and can be applied hours before a storm begins. 

Township personnel will assess the mixture’s performance during the storm and make adjustments to the application as necessary in advance of future storms. 

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“We’ll find out tomorrow morning, see how it works,” said Mayor Sal Bonaccorso during Monday night’s town council workshop meeting. “If the application has to be put down a little different, we’ll put it down different next time. First time you use something, it’s trial and error. I’m anxious to see how it works.”

The brine making machine, which is housed in Rahway, was purchased in a shared services agreement with Rahway, Roselle and Kenilworth in late summer (see TAP into Clark: Looking Ahead to Winter, Clark Council Discusses Automated Brine Maker to Improve Slippery Road Conditions, August 5, 2014). 

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