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How cheese helps snowy roads from becoming too slick

Posted at 7:23 PM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-13 19:23:58-05

(WTVR) - A cheese plant in Wisconsin is partnering with the area highway department to make a brine they said keeps snowy roads from getting too slick.

"The cheese whey itself froze at a lower point than regular salt brine," said highway manager Moe Norby.

The high sodium makes the brine a perfect replacement for the conventional magnesium chloride, the chemical most often used by highway departments.

Highway officials also said they are saving a lot of money by using the cheese instead.