Missouri DOT goes vegan

| 12/13/2007

The Department of Transportation in Missouri is experimenting with what you might call the vegetable highway.

According to press releases, it plans to mix the juice from sugar beets with a salt solution to de-ice highways in the winter.

The release says the beet juice lowers the temperature at which the de-icing solution freezes.

MoDOT is also using soybeans for highway work. It mixed a soy solution with paint to put down test stripes on a highway near Jefferson City.

Highway officials say the soy paint is more environmentally friendly than the standard variety.