Feeling winter blues? So are the streets

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — To some, the faint lines of blue tracing Dayton’s snowy streets look like windshield wiper fluid, but this blue is meant to clear away more than just snow.

“We can kind of dispel the myth or idea we never plow or salt people’s streets,” says Dayton Public Works Director Fred Stovall.

For the first time, Dayton used a dye to turn its salt blue on residential streets.

We looked into the plans before winter started to do that.

So with plenty of storms, we wanted to know why the dye is just now being used.

“Really the main concern was salt,” Stovall says. “We really didn’t have a large enough inventory of salt once we kept going through this winter.”

Some added salt led the city to try out the dye which is not toxic and won’t stain cars or clothes.

The dye cost $10,000, but Stovall says that amount will last a few winters . He believes it is worth the cost.

“For me and the other supervisors, it’s easy to see if a driver’s been through a neighborhood or not,” Stovall says.

Those drivers have made many a trip around the city, wracking up more than twice the amount of overtime this winter.  Stovall is pleased with the job they’ve done.

“I know we haven’t put the roads in the best condition because of the limited salt supply, but I thought we did pretty well to keep everybody traveling through the city safe,” Stovall says.

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