Hold the salt, pass the problems

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Local communities bidding on salt are not only getting less than they asked for, but they’re also paying twice as much for it as they did last year.

If that continues, even an average winter this year could leave roads in worse shape than the area’s seen in a long time.

Right now you can find a lot of empty space inside the Dayton salt dome that’s normally filled to the top by this time of year.

The city is just one of more than 100 area communities that put in a combined bid for salt but haven’t gotten as much as they’re counting on.

Right now they’re only going to get a quarter of what was requested and that amount comes at a high price, more than twice as much as last year in some cases.

That’s led communities like Dayton to look into how to keep the roads clear if they don’t get anymore salt.

They say it could be a rough winter for drivers.

“We’re really going to have to evaluate each event, what the snowfall is, what the temperatures are,” says Public Works Director Fred Stovall. “It’s really going to be a challenge if we’re not able to build our salt supply for this coming winter.”

Dayton didn’t get any of the 17,000 tons it bid on. It still has 4,400 tons left from last year but likes to go into the winter with 12,000 tons. Last winter it used 19,000 tons.

Communities are working on getting more salt but they say suppliers have already committed a lot of the already short supply to other states.

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