MassHighway is always looking for new ways to maintain safe roadways while saving dollars. The latest example: crushing and grinding road de-icing mix that otherwise would have been discarded. The de-icing mix of salt and and calcium chloride hardens into unusable large chunks if not used quickly. MassHighway has purchased two portable screening/crushing units that will grind and reclaim the hardened mix for use on roads this next winter season.
The units cost $55,000 each but will save up to $255,000 in materials in the first year alone. This equipment will be a safe, environmentally friendly and economical answer to a long standing problem and its use will be expanded to include MassPike and DCR roadways that become part of the new MassDOT.