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Salt brine trucks rolling in Vt.

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

It's a sure sign of winter-- VTrans trucks filling up for brine time.

"We're concentrating on the interstate from Milton to Montpelier, both lanes, both ways," said Art Danyow of the Vt. Transportation Agency's District 5.

With snow in the forecast the agency is also concentrating on Routes 2 and 15 and some roads near Middlebury.

Any given storm demands covering a tremendous amount of territory. In District 5 alone they cover 900 miles when it's time to plow.

Officials hope to avoid a repeat of Monday morning, when snow showers turned into black ice, causing several accidents and massive delays. The state did not pre-coat the roads with the salt brine solution because they say the forecast didn't look that bad.

"We try to brine within 12 hours of a storm; that seems to work the best. On the interstate we try to brine between five and six hours before a storm because of the amount of traffic," Danyow said.

Although there will be salt brine on the roadways, the Vt. Transportation Agency urges folks to still be patient and slow down, because roadways could still be slick.

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