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Why haven’t scientists improved on plowing-and-salting?

January 26, 2015

Photo of a snowblowerWith a huge snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast today, residents from New Jersey to Maine are preparing for two feet or more of the white stuff to blanket their homes, roads, schools, hospitals and more.

The blizzard warning already has canceled nearly 1,500 flights.

And how, in 2015, will everywhere from New York to Boston clean up the mess? Plowing-and-salting, of course.

NIU engineering faculty Murali Krishnamurthi and Purush Damodaran weigh in on NIU Newsroom on why the old methods remain the best – and how municipalities can make the best use of the current technology.