Beavercreek, Vandalia prepare for salt shortage

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Communities around the Miami Valley are making plans ahead of another anticipated salt shortage this winter.

2 NEWS spoke to the street superintendent in Beavercreek about the issue. John Woltja says only about half of the city’s roads will be salted.

He says they will be pre-treating roads this year before any major storms hit so that less salt can be used.

In Vandalia, Director of Public Service Rob Cron says it’s not about how much salt you have, but how you use it.

In a video posted on the city’s website Thursday, Cron said, “We have purchased some new equipment this year, with new controls that will help us monitor our salt usage, and conserve it as well. That’s going to be one thing. We’re going to cut back on the amount of salt we use, and we’re also going to be adding a chemical to our salt as we put it down this year which will allow us to use less salt with the same effectiveness.”

Cron says Vandalia will only get about 300 tons of salt this year, about a quarter of the usual supply. And crews will have to make it last all winter.

In Englewood, the “Englewood Independent” reports that the city had about 900 tons of salt at the end of October and was expecting 216 more. The city manager said that should be enough to get them through a routine winter if they’re careful.

Englewood will also pre-treat its streets with both brine and beet juice.

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