BOURNE — For generations, fighting snow and ice meant salting, sanding, and plowing roads when a storm hit. Last winter, the state experimented with treating frost-prone bridges and roads 48 hours in advance with a special brine to deter ice and snow from sticking and allow the state to use less salt and labor during the storm.
The problem? It cost 55 cents a gallon, and that doesn’t cover much pavement. Enter the BrineXtreme, a $160,000 apparatus that resembles a futuristic whiskey still and allows the state to mix the special liquid itself at just seven cents a gallon.