November 25, 2014

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Pennsylvania DOT testing beet juice on icy roads

Snow blows from the rooftops of buildings obscuring the view of drivers along Centre Street in downtown Pottsville, Pa., on Friday. (AP Photo/The Republican-Herald, Jacqueline Dormer)

Snow blows from the rooftops of buildings obscuring the view of drivers along Centre Street in downtown Pottsville, Pa., on Friday. (AP Photo/The Republican-Herald, Jacqueline Dormer)

BUTLER, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is experimenting with beet juice as a way to treat icy roads in especially cold weather.

PennDOT officials tell KDKA-TV that chemicals in the juice are supposed to help road salt melt ice at lower temperatures. Typically, salt loses much of its effectiveness below 20 degrees, but when mixed with beet juice, the salt reportedly melts ice down to zero or even below-zero temperatures.

PennDOT experimented with beet juice a few years ago but officials say a new and improved version is being tested as part of a pilot program in Butler County, about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The new beet juice has more sugar in it, which is supposed to improve its performance.


  • Phil Blank

    I thought they already tried that just east of Cleveland last year?
    And what happened when they said they were going to use the waste from beer breweries on the roads cause it didn’t freeze?
    As for beet juice, sounds like a waste to me!

  • jz

    What a waste of beet juice. All those pickled eggs that won,t be made. Add some vinegar, little onion in a jar, 10-12 days they are perfect. Don,t forget the horseradish on your egg on the first bite. Years ago bars had em setting on the counter. Never knew how long they sat up there. Tried one and spit it out. They’re best after 10-20 days.