Salt supply impacts roads this winter

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Counties around the Miami Valley are already planning for the winter season.
And those plans are missing one key ingredient, salt.

The Greene County Highway Department has about five thousand tons of salt ready to go this winter. The only problem is this is roughly two thirds of what is used in a normal winter. Plans are already in place to keep the roads safe as possible but the county engineer says it may be a

It may seem like a mountain but this pile is twenty five hundred tons short of the amount Greene County used last year.

“What you see is what you get.  That’s all we got,” says Bob Geyer Greene County Engineer.

Greene County Engineer Bob Geyer says it all comes down to high demand and low supply. He spent as much as one hundred dollars a ton and now prices have gone up again to as much as one hundred and fifty dollars a ton.  He says those prices can eat away at a budget fast.

“We’re letting everybody know this winter is not going to be like in winters past. you’re not going to see black roads 24 hours a day 7 days a week when it’s snowing and cold,” Geyer explains.

In order to have this salt supply last and cover the three hundred and 30 miles of roadway it will have to be stretched as much as possible.

Geyer will watching the temperatures and will use a salt grit mixture or use beet juice when possible. Primary roads will be taken care of first as usual but it may take time to get to the secondary ones.

“Every road will be treated the first time around,” Geyer explains, “The secondary roads may not get as much material the first time around. They may get skipped around or two. We’ll come back around to them.”

According to Geyer all of Ohio and maybe even the region are facing the same issues.  If need be he’ll reevaluate the supply and place a bid if needed at the first of the year.

Geyer says how he treats the roads will be on a case by case basis depending on the time of the snow or ice and the amount that falls. But he says his department will do its best to assure the safest driving conditions possible.

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