State College Borough using new method to keep sidewalks clear

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State College, Pa- The anticipated snow storm could cause some trouble and not just for drivers, but for pedestrians too.

However, State College Borough officials WTAJ spoke with today said they have a new plan they feel will help keep those walking in downtown State College safe.

“We actually started something new we’re experimenting with,” said Eric Brooks, Operations Manager for State College Borough.

An experiment that says goodbye to the old sidewalk salt and hello to a new liquid de-icer.

“Because of the hard-pack you get from all of the pedestrians walking on the snow-covered side-walks…. the crews have actually started pre-wetting the sidewalks with a salt brine material,” Brooks said.

Brooks says this will also elminate you from tracking the salt into buildings…. while better covering the sidewalks

“We use a spray rig that has a motor on it, and it’s pressurized where they can evenly spry it across the concrete sidewalk,” Brooks said.

Borough officials told WTAJ that the aformentioned spray rig was previously used on the streets, but since they’ve up-sized to a bigger spray system for the streets, the old one now will now be used to de-ice sidewalks.

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