Conn. bill requires study of road treatments

Connecticut Department of Transportation trucks plow and treat I-95 in Branford, Feb. 13, 2014.
Connecticut Department of Transportation trucks plow and treat I-95 in Branford, Feb. 13, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to analyze any possible corrosive effects of chemical road treatments.

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut has questioned the use of such winter road treatments over the years. Last year, the group called on the General Assembly to make deicers like magnesium chloride illegal, claiming the chemical has been corroding trucks.

DOT contends their mixture used to pre-treat the roads works well and it’s up to motorists to wash their vehicles to avoid corrosion.

The Transportation Committee will hear testimony Friday on the bill requiring the analysis. It would examine the treatment’s effect on state, municipal and private vehicles, bridges and highways, as well as the environment. DOT would also have to evaluate alternative products and treatments.

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