Reno Snow and Ice Control

Recently, we got a flyer in our mailbox about Reno Snow and Ice Control. I thought the procedures were particularly enlightened.

Salt Brine

In the winter season of 2011-12, the City of Reno began using a new method to treat streets for snow and ice. Prior to a snow or ice event, City crews apply salt brine to the Priority 1 streets, bridges and inclines. The brine consists of a clear solution of tap water and sodium chloride (road salt), mixed in concentrations of 23 to 26 percent salt, and has a freezing point of -6º F. Salt brine is applied to the roadway to prevent snow from bonding to the streets, making it easier and safer to plow. Brine is up to 20 times more effective than salt and sand and is labor efficient since it is applied during normal operating hours prior to the arrival of the storm. For more information, please read the salt brine FAQs.

I didn’t know when they might get around to little old Sierra Canyon, although from I-80 to our house is all uphill. The next day, I saw this:

For the whole snow and Ice control policy, see the website.

Carol and I haven’t experienced snow and ice since moving to San Francisco in 1992. This makes us feel good about the upcoming winter.


4 thoughts on “Reno Snow and Ice Control

  1. I got stuck behind a brining truck on the way home yesterday and will need to wash my truck soon. However, unlike with salting or sanding the roads, once the brine dries after application it is only damaging to your car when the road is wet.


  2. One of the many reasons we moved south. Usually our snow events melt by the next day. Brining is also good for preparing various meats for cooking.


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