Salt is used to make the roadways safer during the winter. It lowers the freezing point of snow and ice and keeps the snow “workable” so it is more easily removed. Salt can be used for anti-icing, de-icing, or melting. Anti-icing is a technique where a chloride is applied to the roadway prior to a storm to prevent the snow/ice from bonding to the pavement. De-icing and melting is when a chloride is applied after the storm has begun in order to break up ice and snow pack or to melt glare/black ice.



Click on state to download specifications of sodium chloride for that state’s department of transportation.

Product Experience

Member states share results of pilot-testing of winter maintenance products and materials that their agencies have conducted.

View product experience for deicers/chemicals for the years 2006 – 2017. Products reviewed include:

  • Boost Salt Brine Enhancer Inhibitor (Enviro Tech)
  • IceKicker (Saltworx)
  • Ice Slicer Deicer

Other Research and Resources