DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The crunch of snow on the streets is all you need to hear to know what kind of winter it’s been.
“I’m just asking the citizens to be understanding,” says Dayton Public Works Director Fred Stovall. “We’re trying to make the roads as safe as possible.”
While main roads are fine to drive on, we found side streets like Drummer in Dayton still look like paths to a winter wonderland.
“We have some slick conditions,” Stovall says. “When you have the compact snow that’s what you’re going to get.”
So what’s behind those snowy streets?
“We don’t have the salt to put down to go into the residential streets,” Stovall says.
With its salt dome nearly empty and orders for more not yet filled, Dayton is now only plowing its residential streets. The salt is being saved for major routes along with hills, bridges and curves.
The city is down to about 900 tons.
“That’s not going to stretch very far,” Stovall says. “It will depend on the event.”
Supplies have been so low the city hasn’t even used its chemicals to turn the salt blue when it’s applied to residential streets.
Instead those here have been treated to a lot of white.
This latest storm will likely only add to that.
“If we get significant snow accumulation we’ll plow only on the residential streets we will not be dropping any salt,” Stovall says.
The snowy winter has already led Dayton’s Public Works Department to use its overtime budget for the year.