City of Dayton pre-treating roads ahead of potential snow

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – For the first time this season, salts trucks were out in the City of Dayton Friday.

Starting this morning, 3 trucks were out laying pre-treatment down on the main roads and highways throughout the city–it’s all in anticipation of the snow expected this weekend.

Along with the 3 trucks, crews did a dry run today of all 56 routes in the city to make sure there weren’t any present issues. Only about half of their fleet of 56 trucks will be put to use this weekend.

They’ll be covering about 1,700 lane miles in and around the city. Right now, about 17,000 tons of salt is sitting in their salt barn. Some of the salt ordered last year, was carried over to this year.

Manager Mark Riley says today’s efforts are key to preventing any slick spots from forming.

“We pre-wet our highways, state routes, thoroughfares,” Riley said. “Bridges to slow down the bonding process of the snow to the roads.”

Riley wants to remind drivers this weekend to watch out for the trucks. If you do see any, Riley says drive cautiously. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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