Sugar beet molasses will cover the highway this winter.
The State Highway Administration is testing the sugar beet molasses byproduct on I-70, between Md. 32 in Howard County and I-270 in Frederick County.
The $25,000 pilot program is small in comparison with this year's total $26 million state snow budget.
SHA spokesman David Buck said it's always good that the administration is looking at new technologies. The molasses and brine project will be used to pre-treat roads and pre-wet road salt to help it stick better, Buck said.