Any end in sight to salt shortage?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Monday night’s wintry mix left Tuesday morning’s commute one of the slickest of the season thanks to a salt shortage.

Like most communities across Ohio, Dayton is low on salt. The salt dome is as empty as Dayton Public Works Director Fred Stovall has ever seen it.

“We’ll have through this event,” Stovall says, “We’re going to see what happens.”

The Ohio Department of Transportation tried to help by ordering 150,000 tons to be shared statewide. The only problem, no salt company was willing or able to fill the order.

“That was going to be an interesting situation if the suppliers had bid on that how they were going to supply 150,000 tons when the local municipalities were waiting on orders to be filled,” Stovall says.

So we called ODOT to ask what’s next. A spokesperson says they are exploring their options.

ODOT District 7, for one, has already been loaning salt to other communities.

In the meantime, many say they’d have enough if the salt companies would just fill their orders.

“I didn’t get any shipments last week,” Stovall says. “I haven’t seen any shipments today. So this is going to be a challenge to try to conserve the best we can.”

We called the two main salt suppliers in the area, Cargill and the North American Salt Company.

We have yet to hear back from Cargill, but the North American Salt Company says it continues to ship salt daily but wouldn’t say when the shortage could end. 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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