Conn. Transportation Official: Car Corrosion A Reality Of ‘Salt Belt’

A Connecticut official is defending the state’s use of chemicals to treat ice and snow-covered roads.

State Transportation Commissioner James Radeker appeared at a legislative hearing Friday. He acknowledged the highway treatments can cause problems for cars.

“Just about every material we put down in corrosive; very few things are not that have the kind of effectiveness that we’re looking for,” Radeker says. “And, frankly, there’s corrosion…in any parts of the country in what I call the salt-belt or storm-belt states.”

Radeker says, in the past, the state added “inhibitors” to the mix that could help prevent corrosion. But he says they caused equipment problems.

“We stopped using them because they were clogging the…nozzles and things that we were using to put it down,” he says. “We’re not against using inhibitors – don’t get me wrong. The question is: What does the research show in terms of their potential impacts?”

The commissioner says Connecticut will continue to follow the research as it plans for next winter.