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New Ice Melting Substance Hits The Roads Soon

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The next time roads freeze in Yakima, city street crews will be trying something new to make slick roads safer to drive on.

Streets and traffic manager Shelley Wilson says they're switching from traditional rock salt to a product called "Ice Slicer."

The new ice melt material has several advantages over rock salt. Wilson says it'll do less damage to streets and cars. Plus it provides better traction for drivers when it is first applied.

Wilson says it's a lot less corrosive than the old material.

"It's nice to have something that works to a lower temperature because we can get very cold here and the rock salt just stops working once the temperature drops below a certain point, whereas this material will keep working until like I said about zero degrees," she said.

"Ice Slicer" is what the Department of Transportation uses to keep its roads and mountain passes free of snow and ice. It's easily recognizable because of its light brown color and sugar-like consistency.