Can’t Beet Michigan Roads This Upcoming Brutal Winter
According to the Michigan Department Of Transportation, Michigan roads are cutting back on road salt. The replacement solution: beet juice.
Officials say using beet juice instead of salt helps maintain the ecosystem, and protects the infrastructure while treating Michigan Roads roads. Just Beet-it , Beet-it. But ask yourself Beets? I didn’t like them as a kid. My dog got healthy eating my beets instead of me. Would this work for you on a Michigan Winter?
What the Science Tells Us About Beet Juice
What science is telling us is a mixture of beet juice and salt helps the roads and works in colder temperatures when it reaches 5 degrees. No, it doesn’t help lower your blood pressure! However, when you think of it…if the roads are better that would lower my blood pressure!
So, no worries we are not getting rid of salt. We live on top of one of the largest salt deposits in the world. Using less salt will also help our roads, bridges, and cars last longer.
They have tried this for years in Canada with great success and it’s cost-effective. Still won’t be eating many beets in the future but I will give it a try on the roads. I hope it doesn’t stain the roads or cars.
Beets Work But Poses A New Threat On The Roads
Craig Bryson, senior communications manager, Road Commission for Oakland County, said in a recent interview with WXYZ Detroit, “One of the big problems with the sugar beet material, when we have a lot of deer in Oakland County, they come to the road to lick the salt brine off the roads.”
Salt vs. Beet Juice
WXYZ Detroit points out that road salt, even brine, can melt into our waterways, harming wildlife or even getting into drinking water. Salt isn’t always good for the environment. Beet juice a good substitute but is often not so cheap as an option on Michigan Roads. Beet juice has been proven to lessen the corrosive properties of the salt that we use to apply to the roads.
Beet juice is also quite sticky. Though that means it sticks to roads well, it also tends to get stuck to people’s shoes.
What States Are Using Beet Juice To Beat Winter?
New Jersey has tried the beet thing, and it’s particularly common in Midwestern states like Kansas and Missouri with some success. Wisconsin has used beet juice for about seven years.
Look for Wayne and Macomb county to reduce there salt addiction with the use of beet juice to lower our intake of salt this Winter.
But what about pot holes? That my friends is another story for another time.