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Highway crews use beet juice to clear icy roads

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LINCOLN COUNTY (WKOW) – Highway crews in Lincoln County are turning to beet juice to help keep the roads clear this winter.

The juice is mixed magnesium chloride and traditional salt.  State transportation officials say 30 percent of the salt put on roads bounces off or ends up in the ditch.  However, with beet juice, that number drops to less than 3 percent.

Even though the beet juice is more expensive, the highway superintendent says the department is still within the budget.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the new solution doesn't raise any environmental concerns.

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