Montana tries a biodegradable corrosion inhibitor to save money, reduce maintenance, and be more environmentally friendly

Many states and municipalities are trying new mixtures to keep their roads safe in nasty winter weather. Montana is developing yet another blend to inhibit the corrosion of bridges and vehicles, this time with corn sugar, one product that the U.S. has in abundance.

Road salt is notorious for the effects on roads, bridges, and vehicles, not to mention the soil around roads, and local and state DOTs are always on the lookout for a way to cut down on the damage done. Liquid brine, which is easier to apply and more effective than solid salt, will benefit from the addition of corn sugar, which inhibits corrosion.