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Beet juice and brine mix to prevent NY Thruway ice

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Thruway is getting special treatment this winter to help prevent icing.

Crews will be spreading a mixture of sugar beet juice and brine ahead of storms to help head off icing along the 570-mile highway system.

The Thruway Authority says that won't replace rock salt, but the mixture has worked out as pre-treatment.

It expects to use 180,000 tons of rock salt, 175,000 gallons of salt brine and 50,000 gallons of the juice and brine mix this winter.

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