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Local Municipalities Dealing With Low Salt Supply
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Freezing temperatures, snow, and now a salt shortage are gripping the Miami Valley. In Montgomery County, salt barn levels are dangerously low.
Right now, Montgomery County is at about 15 percent of salt capacity. The county should have at least half it's salt supply left. But since the entire Midwest has seen a very rough winter, salt suppliers are having difficulty keeping up with demand.
Montgomery Co. is hoping to get a salt delivery sometime within the next few days. However in case that doesn't happen, salt trucks will be conserving Wednesday night by only treating bridges, overpasses, hills, curves, and intersections. The county has looked into getting salt from a different supplier, but right now County Engineer Paul Gruner says that's not the best option.
"That'll cost us more money. Some as much as twice the money as our low bid. We're not ready to do that yet. Were going to try to stay away from that if possible," he said.
Montgomery County is also planning to use more beet juice brine to treat the roads. Trucks plan to head out as soon as the first flakes start coming down.
Dayton's salt supply is also running low. Officials say they've been waiting for the supplier to deliver all month. The city's road crews are now being told to prioritize and treat main roads and highways first, that means back roads could become and stay slick.
Meanwhile, Trotwood is expecting a salt shipment any day now from a different supplier. In the meantime, Trotwood has been forced to borrow salt from Montgomery County. The city is trying to make it go as far as possible by mixing it with sand.
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