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Posted at 1:35 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Molasses is major part of Md. snow plans

By Associated Press

The Maryland State Highway Administration says it is sweetening its winter weapon stockpile by adding more molasses to the mix.

The agency said Friday in Hagerstown that it has purchased 30,000 gallons of sugar beet molasses — a sticky, brown, agricultural product that increases the effectiveness of salt brine and reduces corrosion of salt-spreading equipment.

The molasses was tested last year in Howard and Frederick counties.

This year, it will be used in at least 10 counties, including the Maryland suburbs of Washington and western Maryland.

It's not too soon for such preparations. The agency says more than 2½ inches of snow have fallen this year in far western Garrett County.

By Associated Press  | December 3, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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I just got hungry...

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 3, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

hummmmm salt and molasses, the deer will be eating in the middle of 270 . Better re-think this one

Posted by: lynncoinc | December 4, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Has anybody consulted the auto makers for what effect this sugary, gooey mixture will have on engine parts, tires, and undercarriages?

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | December 4, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse


OMG !!!

....More than 2½ inches of snow have fallen this year in far western Garrett County.


Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 4, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Is that what you call a sweet ride? Sorry. I guess that was a really sappy joke.

Posted by: jajcflynt | December 4, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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