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Colorado transportation department runs low on de-icer

By: Associated Press
February 5, 2014 Updated: February 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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A snowplow clears snow on Hwy. 105 between Monument and Palmer Lake on Oct. 18. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is running low on de-icer for highways because of this year's rough winter and it's being rationed to make sure all areas of the state get enough to cover serious problems.

Department spokeswoman Amy Ford said supplies of Ice Slicer are ordered on historical averages and so far this winter has seen more storms than usual.

"We are using it as we can," said Ford.

Crews will still be able to treat roads as plows are equipped with the solid and liquid de-icer, as well as sand.

"Really it's there to help with traction that is a very important piece of keeping these roads safe," said Ford.

Although supplies are low, officials said they're confident they have what they need to last until new supplies come in.

Officials said they've ordered more supplies and should get them in stock by the end of the month, KCNC-TV reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/m5df8gt).

The Colorado Springs Streets Division blamed a lack of de-icer for part of a traffic mess on Friday, when crews had trouble getting the roads cleared.

Motorists said roads were snow-packed and slippery because trucks were caught in rush hour traffic and crews were unable to clear major highways.

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Information from: KCNC-TV, http://www.cbs4denver.com

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