Communities play waiting game for salt

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XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Barren buildings and empty gestures are plaguing communities throughout the Miami Valley that are short on salt.

“If we knew what we were going to get and when we were going to get it, it wouldn’t be as frustrating,” says Greene County Engineer Bob Geyer.

Both Montgomery and Greene Counties are waiting on salt they ordered weeks ago.

Now the Ohio Department of Transportation is putting together an emergency order, but the cost is expected to be much higher.

So the two counties continue to count on the salt suppliers said they’d get to them.

“We were filled up to capacity when the winter started,” says Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner. “We’ve done all we could do in terms of ordering more salt.”

In the meantime, Montgomery County used a sand-salt mix on the rural roads and concentrated on hills, curves, intersections and bridges during this weekend’s snow.

“Generally it worked out okay,” Gruner says. “Some of the roads are going to be snow covered and when it gets cold tonight they’re going to stay that way.”

Greene County has also mixed its salt with sand. Crews used that along with Beet Heat liquid to make supplies last longer.

“We’re getting pretty decent burn even though we’ve cut back on the salt by 50 percent,” Geyer says.

With only enough salt on hand for two or three trips around county roads, we wanted to know if the two counties will have enough to last the winter.

“If I get the 1800 tons delivered it will be iffy,” Geyer says.

Adds Gruner, “We’re hoping so. It depends on how the deliveries come in.”

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