Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is “in the pink” with a supply of pink-colored Interstate-500 Ice Melt material to make critical roads and intersections around town safer this winter season. That new ice melt treatment has arrived and has been used for recent light snowfall. NDOT Winnemucca Maintenance Supervisor Curtis Tollefsrud said it’s worked great.
Interstate-500 Ice Melt works more quickly — in colder temperatures — and does not leave sand behind that creates dust and has to be cleaned off the roads. The new Ice Melt will not damage cars but will wash right off with other road grime.
The typical salt and sand mixture that has been used for many years will still be in use on the majority of roadways that NDOT maintains in Humboldt County. The Interstate 500 Ice Melt will be used primarily on high-traffic intersections, Winnemucca Boulevard, Hansen Street, Reinhart and the roads by Grass Valley Elementary School, Tollefsrud said.
Although Interstate 500 Ice Melt is more expensive than the traditional salt and sand mixture, it ends up being cost effective because it doesn’t require the man hours in clean up to remove sand from treated roadways once the storm is over and the roads clear.