"Beet Heat" approved as deicing agent for Bismarck emergency routes, major roads

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck City Commission approved "Beet Heat" as the sole deicing agent for emergency routes and major roads.

It's effective down to twenty below zero and is longer-lasting than the previous product since it continuously breaks down the ice.

"Some of the driving public may notice already this winter that the roads are in better shape. We're able to get those roads cleaned off with the plowing activity," said Jeff Heintz, service operations director.

"Beet Heat" costs about a dollar more per gallon than the previous product, but Heintz says the benefits outweigh the costs.