CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Salt trucks are already out Thursday in some Miami Valley cities, pre-treating the roads before this weekend’s potential snow.
At Centerville’s Public Works Department, they already started pre-treating the roads Thursday morning, covering more than 250 miles of streets in and around the city.
Two trucks were sent out to cover the area with the pre-treatment mixture of salt and water. When the snow falls, the pre-treatment helps to make the roads less slick and gives salt truck drivers enough time to get places hit the hardest.
In Centerville, they have a total fleet of 9 trucks that operate as both salt trucks and plows. If snow accumulates this weekend, all nine trucks will be put to use.
Public Works Director Doug Spitler says they’re stock full and ready to go if a big snowfall hits.
“We used less salt last year than the previous years,” Spitler said. “Salt costs were down. They are down this year as well. We’re paying about 55 dollars a ton for salt.”
Right now, Spitler says they have about 1,900 tons of salt in their salt barn. On average, they will use about 2,000 tons each winter.