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Contact Information Department of Public Service
111 N. Front Street 
Columbus, OH 43215
Office :  (614) 645-3111   
Fax :  (614) 645-7805 
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Anti-Icing

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Anti-icing is the proactive application of melting products to driving surfaces before a winter weather event. Anti-icing helps prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement, helping the roads to stay clear longer, and makes snow removal a more manageable process. As brine is dormant until it comes in contact with precipitation, the anti-icing efforts can begin up to three days prior to a snow event.

 

The type of material used to cause chemical melting of snow or ice depends on the type of treatment being performed.   Salt, liquid calcium chloride and sand are available at all street maintenance operation facilities. These materials are used for the initial clearing of public roadways. Salt brine is used for direct application to pavement for anti-icing. Rock salt and rock salt pre-wetted with liquid calcium chloride are the primary chemicals.