Crews ready for next storm after recent salt shipments

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)-Crews all over the Miami Valley have been pre-treating the roads Friday and Saturday.

An Ohio Department of Transportation spokesperson tells me that they’ve been strengthening the brine so they don’t have to use as much salt.

Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner tells me they received 5,000 ton shipments of salt this week.

He’s hoping this is all he will have to order for the rest of the year.

“We’ve spent a lot on salt and a lot on overtime already this winter so we’re hoping the rest of the winter, through March isn’t nearly as bad, likewise that December is not as bad as last December because we run on a calendar year budget,” says Gruner.

Gruner says they will be putting a little more salt down than they have in the past few weeks.

But, they’re still trying to conserve because the weather is so unpredictable.

“If it’s a lot of ice and rain then that requires a lot more salt and we might have to use more salt in that case because you can’t plow it and it becomes really slippery. And if it’s freezing rain, the freezing rain keeps washing the salt off and you have to keep reapplying,” explains Gruner.

Because the temperature was above freezing today, Gruner hopes the brine will last longer and he won’t have to use as much salt.

He says if they don’t have to use too much, the county may lend some of the salt to other municipalities in need.

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