ODOT triples salt use from year-to-year

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Department of Transportation crews continue to work plowing and salting intestate highways, U.S. and state routes across the Miami Valley region.

Between Mercer County and Cincinnati there are more than 150 plows on the roads today moving snow and laying down salt.

All that efforts does come at a cost.

ODOT’s nine county District 7 region, which consists of Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, and Shelby counties have already used three times as much salt as they did during the same time period last year.

For the period of Jan. 1 through Jan. 20, District 7 used 17,513 tons of salt in 2013 at a cost of $1,141,665.

This year those numbers are 53,119 tons at a cost of $2,965,649.

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