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
"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.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:49:17 GMT
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife. New York State Police were called to the Best Value Inn on Booth Drive Sunday night for a report of a domestic dispute. InvestigatorsMore >>
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:14:46 GMT
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street in Burlington Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly 300 dollars from him. Police arrested 29-year-olds Andre Martel and Anthony HammondMore >>
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly $300 from him.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:01:29 GMT
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison. Police say Christopher Bush topped speeds of 100-miles-per-hour in a stolen SUV. The 27 year old pleadedMore >>
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:58:56 GMT
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman. Maryann Foster, 59, went missing the week of Feb. 24 and there has been no luck finding her yet. Police sayMore >>
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman.More >>