Dayton’s salt supply dwindles

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton used 800 tons of salt to battle the latest wintry blast that hit the Miami Valley late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning according to the city’s street maintenance division manager, Jim Brinegar.

“We now have about 1,200 tons of salt left in our supply,” said Brinegar.

Crews are plowing more and salting less in an attempt to conserve the city’s salt supply.

“Is this working?” asked 2 NEW’S Alexa Ashwell.

“Yes,” said Brinegar. “It worked pretty well. We had to add a little more salt to the roads when it turned to rain around 3:00 in the morning Wednesday.”

Rain created a thin layer of ice on top of the several inches of snow Dayton residents received Wednesday.  City plow truck drivers were able to get to the majority of neighborhood streets, but were unable to use any salt that may have helped melt the layer of ice.

“Due to the shortage of salt we are not salting neighborhood streets,” said Brinegar. “But, crews are plowing and working hard to minimize the impact the snow might have on people.”

Brinegar said the city has ordered more salt, but its unclear when it will arrive. 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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