Salt shortage brings with it a cost

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A shed full of salt is a rare sight these days.

“We are headed for one of the biggest winters ODOT has ever had,” says ODOT spokesperson Steve Faulkner.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is one of the few places that is not short of salt at this point.

That’s because it ordered 25,000 tons more.

Faulkner says it builds an extra cushion into its contracts, but even went above that amount this year.

“We look at previous winters and we look at averages and we order salt for an above average winter,” Faulkner says. “We’ve had that this winter.”

By ordering extra, ODOT had to pay nearly $30.00 more per ton of salt than it did at the start of the winter.

The total cost was just more than $2 million.

We wanted to know what kind of impact that will have on the budget.

“I think what we’d look at is this is going to be a costly winter,” Faulkner says. “We look at how we can direct the money to the safety of our maintenance of our roadways during this winter time and see where that leaves us at the end of the winter.”

Faulkner believes the added salt will be enough to get the state through the winter. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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