Department of Transportation announces pilot projects to control snow and ice on highways (09/12/30)

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Dec. 30, 2009

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Four pilot projects to control snow and ice on New Brunswick highways this winter are being undertaken by the Department of Transportation.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry said that motorists will see crews undertake initiatives in the Miramichi, Greater Moncton and Sussex regions.

"The department continually seeks innovative ways to support safe winter driving on provincial roads," said Landry. "These projects will help us deliver winter maintenance services more effectively and efficiently, and in a more environmentally friendly manner."

The projects include:

"We have seen examples where our de-icing materials sometimes blow off the highway during winds and traffic," said Landry. "Salt brine helps these materials stick better to the road surface and work more effectively. These practices will help us better manage our salt and sand inventory, and more importantly help keep our highways safe this winter."

The Department of Transportation maintains more than 18,600 kilometres of road. More than 121,000 tonnes of salt and 350,000 tonnes of sand have been stockpiled at the 93 winter maintenance facilities in New Brunswick.

Updated road and traveller information, as well as winter safety driving tips, may be received by dialing 511, or may be found online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, Department of Transportation, 506-444-5838.