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Allen County Salt Supply

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So far this year, ODOT has used over 8000 tons of salt. So far this year, ODOT has used over 8000 tons of salt.
The problem lies in the fact that salt prices are based on a supply and demand basis, and during the winter, prices tend to spike. The problem lies in the fact that salt prices are based on a supply and demand basis, and during the winter, prices tend to spike.

As winter weather continues to hit us in small doses, Ohio Department of Transportation and Allen County must take on the seemingly never ending task of salting roads to make sure that motorists stay safe.

But so far this year, ODOT has used over 8000 tons of salt. Kirk Slusher, the director for the Ohio Department of Transportation said, "We've been burning a lot of salt. The kind of events we've been having, these 1 to 3 inches and some ice from time to time, they burn a lot of salt so we've been putting a lot of that product down."

Kirk Slusher says ODOT is also able to use other products including salt brine before the weather rolls in to break up the snow and ice when it hits the ground. However it seems that the season hasn't been as easy on Allen County, especially when it comes to our supply of salt.

According to Brion Rhodes, Allen County Engineer, "Salt right now is a huge concern of ours in the fact that we're running low, I just placed an order yesterday and the price is about 2 and a half times what it was earlier this season."

The problem lies in the fact that salt prices are based on a supply and demand basis, and during the winter, prices tend to spike.

According to Rhodes, "Every year we join with the state on a contract to buy our salt at a reduced price, unfortunately because of our small and outdated facility, I can only store about 20% or 700 tons so I have to buy or order that salt on demand all the time, and what that causes is when we run out, I have to pay that elevated price."

Rhodes says he hopes his most recent order, will be our last of the season.

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