Crews plowing more, salting less

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton area road crews are in place, ready to strike this latest wintry blast.

A fleet of 41 trucks will be clearing and treating roads in Dayton throughout the night.

The salt supply is low for the city of Dayton. In November 2013 ,  12,000 tons of salt was stocked into its salt bar.  Now, there are only 2,000 tons of salt supply left.   The city’s Street Maintenance Division Manager Jim Brinager said the city typically has about 6,000 tons remaining at this point in time in the year.

“We are plowing more and salting less,” said Brinager. “We did not pre-treat any roads today.”

“Could this impact the safety of drivers?” asked 2 NEWS’  Alexa Ashwell.

“No,” said Brinager.  “If you drop dry salt onto dry pavement, the cars will knock it into the curbs or gutters.  It’s not effective.  It’s best to wait until you have snow coming down.   Adding material to the salt creates traction for the cars.  It can get through the slush and into the pavement.”

City of Dayton road crews will be working in 16-hr shifts Tuesday and Wednesday.

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