Road crews prepare for wintry mix amidst salt shortage

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- DP&L is bringing in extra staff for area call centers, while road crews with the city are preparing for the storm– though there are a few road blocks.

“Salt supply is at a critical level, like everybody else. We have about 2,000 tons. A normal event we normally use 1,000 tons,” said Fred Stovall, Director of Public Works for the city of Dayton.

Stovall said they start every year off with 12,000 tons of salt– so far this winter, they’ve used 14,000 tons.

“So this is going to be very challenging for us, as we try to minimize our usage, because I hear there could be something coming up this weekend,” said Stovall.

Without knowing for sure if it’ll be ice, snow, or both, he said it’s a little more difficult to get prepared.

Another thing that’s been a bit of a problem is ordering and receiving salt to make up for the amount they’ve already gone through.

Stovall said “My salt supply being replenished, is very slow. Today I didn’t receive any shipments. I look for shipments every day. I wasn’t successful today, so that’s going to be a problem.”

Crews will be coming in at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, but with less salt to work with they’ll go into a ‘downsize operation’, covering main stretches of road– like highways, bridges, and hills.

According to Stovall, side streets are the tricky part.

“I’m asking all the residents, and the travelers through our city.. to be patient. If you have to go out, leave early enough so you can travel. The residential streets are our biggest challenge. That affects the kids going to school, we understand that. But we just don’t have the salt resources to go in and melt that away,” Stovall said.

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