Storm’s Coming. Got Any Calcium Chloride Around?

December 11, 2010

The Chicago area is under a winter storm warning through midnight on Monday.

Residents could see as much as seven inches of snow, strong wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour and bitter cold temperatures with wind chills of at least 20 below zero.

Man pouring salt over icy stairs.

Sand will give you traction on icy surfaces and is better for the environment than salt.

And, since it rained most of Saturday, icy conditions will occur.

It’s important to keep the area around your Chicago home safe.

Most people use salt to deice driveways and sidewalks, but did you know that salt in large amounts is toxic to the environment?

In addition, rock salt can damage your concrete driveway, sidewalk or patio.

Some experts suggest spreading coarse sand or birdseed, which won’t melt the snow or ice but will give you more traction on icy surfaces.

If you do use salt, know that sodium chloride (NaCL) may contain cyanide, but calcium chloride (CaCl) is a little safer.

For a recipe to make a liquid deicer using calcium chloride, click here.

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Traveling along the Edens Spurs (I-94) might be rough in this weather, but drivers won’t have all that construction around to make it more difficult.

The Illinois Tollway announced on Saturday that the $16 million roadway and bridge rehabilitation project is complete.

The project was finished on time and within budget.

“Today, this stretch of roadway is being returned to our customers with improvements delivered within one construction season as promised,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “We thank customers for their patience and willingness to accept lane reductions in return for a shorter duration of construction.”

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