DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Tuesday morning will be the second time this winter, crews have had to spread salt on Dayton streets.
“The forecast right now is calling for an inch or two inches so whatever it brings we will be prepared for,” said Dayton Public Works director, Fred Stovall.
Come midnight, Tuesday morning, Stovall said a fleet of 52 salt trucks will be hitting the streets.
“We’re going to be working through the night to make sure the roads are safe for rush hour traffic in the morning,” Stovall said.
Beavercreek resident, Justin Willis said his commute to work is 45 miles, one way and will be changing his morning routine.
“I’m going to leave early. I go straight up 68 and it’s pretty windy with the curves and everything. So I’ll be leaving early,” Willis said.
Kaylen Wilke works in Cincinnati and said she’s not looking forward to her drive.
“And it’s about a 40-45 minute drive plus traffic so then the snow coming it’s probably going to make it even worse,” said Wilke.
Along with the one to two inches of snow predicted to fall in the Miami Valley, wind gusts are expected to reach speeds of 40 miles an hour. To prevent the freshly laid salt from blowing away, Stovall said beet juice is being added to the mixture.
“That’s going to give the salt a little more weight to stick to the ground,” Stovall said.
He said the department first started using beet juice years ago, to help stretch out the supply, during tough economic times but has since been a staple for when treating Dayton streets.
“It really gives the heat and boosts the salt for the melting affect and gives it some weight so it’s not bouncing off the road,” Stovall said.
After weeks of an unusually warm, winter Willis said it seems those days may be over.
“I think it’s time to bundle up and get prepared cause we’ve had a lot of warm weather and it’s January 11th now. So it’s coming. It’s time to bundle up,” said Willis.
Dayton main roads, hills and bridges will be treated, according to Stovall, but not residential streets.
He said the city doesn’t plow or salt residential streets unless four or more inches of snow falls.