Chemical deicing plays a fundamental role for traffic safety on roads and runways in winter season. Traditional
deicing chemicals, such as sodium chloride and urea have, however, undesirable effects on surface and ground waters. For
more sustainable road and runway winter maintenance, easily biodegradable organic salts such as acetates and formates,
have been proposed and taken into use. Next to environmental impacts, deicing chemicals may also affect asphalt
pavements. This paper investigates whether traditional or alternative deicers change the quality or quantity of
polyaromatic and aliphatic petroleum hydrocarbons in asphalt pavements. Asphalt core samples were taken from two
highways and two airports in Finland and analyzed for polyaromatic and aliphatic petroleum hydrocarbons, residual
deicer chemicals, and hydraulic conductivities. Results for similar pavements exposed to different deicers were compared.
In addition, heat treatment experiments were conducted for the core samples. The current study shows that deicers change
neither the quality nor the quantity of polyaromatic and aliphatic petroleum hydrocarbons. No changes were recorded in
samples heated up to 100 oC.