Brine, a salt solution mixed with water, is a roadway maintenance material used to provide safety on roads during icy weather.
After the winter storm predicted to hit McPherson county this week, the county will need to find more.
During a McPherson County public works session on Tuesday, Tom Kramer, public works director, notified county commissioners of the supply of brine available for the oncoming winter storm.
“We should have enough for the storms this week,” Kramer said, “but we’ll need to find more after the fact.”
Public works is currently collaborating with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the purchase of more brine. Kramer said he hopes to have a deal in place by Thursday.
2013 road program
Kramer also discussed the county’s road program, describing the program and the county’s asphalt plant as flexible and capable.
Kramer also said of 307 miles of roads within the county, many don’t ride well.
“Those roads are expensive to maintain,” Kramer said. “We don’t have the budget to fix it all tomorrow.”
Kramer said he aims to smooth out many of the roads during 2013 while still meeting an acceptable budget.
“We’re shooting for the best, but accepting for a little bit less,” Kramer said.
Kramer said it’ll be up to individual cities within the county to determine if they wish to utilize the county’s asphalt program or choose another means of road pavement.