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Vt. lawmakers take closer look at salt brine

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Truckers and maintenance crews say cars and trucks are corroding faster than they have in the past and they wonder if salt brine is to blame.

Spokespeople for the Vermont Truck and Bus Association spent the last two days asking Vermont legislators to look into whether increased use of salt brine on roadways is responsible for the trend.

VTrans officials say it is not, adding the brine is less corrosive than the slurry created by using only regular rock salt.

"There is more sensitivity in the vehicles that we have here along with the product, but essentially the product hasn't changed; it's still salt," said Dave Blackmore of VTrans.

VTrans officials say they believe the need for more maintenance is driven by changes in automobile construction, including less use of steel and thinner wiring.

Vermont was one of the last states in the country to adopt the use of salt brine. Officials say the substance sticks to the road better than salt, is more effective despite using less of it, and better for the environment.

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