Some question ODOT’s salt plan

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Greene County crews cleared their trucks Thursday after another afternoon spent clearing the roads, but all that work means their salt supply is now as short as their days are long.

“One or two more of these and I’m out,” says Greene County Engineer Bob Geyer.

Combined Greene County is down to 450 tons of salt and salt mixed with grit.

That may seem like a lot, but this last storm used about 400 tons.

The county has more than 2,000 tons on order, but has been left waiting by its supplier, Cargill.

“They tell me I’ll wait in line and when they get a break and don’t have to furnish ODOT, they’ll get me some material,” Geyer says.

We looked at the remaining salt supplies in six area counties.

Most have enough for a handful of storms, but all of them are going to have to watch what they use to try to make it through the rest of the winter.

Now, the Ohio Department of Transportation wants to buy 150,000 tons to be distributed to communities across the state.

Geyer says that move may do more harm than good.

“I don’t think it’s going to help anybody because it’s not going to be available,” Geyer says.

Geyer says that salt likely won’t be ready until March, too late to do much good.  He believes what the order will do is make it harder for other communities to get their salt.

“The biggest problem is that’s going to take 150,000 tons out of the supply line and us guys at the end of the chain waiting for something to come aren’t going to get anything,” Geyer says.

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