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Valley road crews ready for major snow fall

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - While there has been an issue with some of our area road departments receiving the road salt they need to battle this winter's storms, most of them say they're ready for Tuesday's storm.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will have about 40 trucks that out salting and plowing the roads in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

ODOT will have 22 trucks hitting the state routes in Columbiana County. They tell us they have more than enough salt and other materials to keep the roads safe and passable for motorists.

As soon as the snow begins to fall, ODOT's crews will roll into two, 12-hour shifts for drivers who will work around the clock to stay on top of what could be a major snow storm.

In the city of Youngstown 2,000  tons of salt was delivered to the street department.

The city also will have 12 to 14 trucks out on every shift beginning at midnight tonight.

Tom Sakmar,  a construction engineer with the city of Youngstown's street department, says, "We're working on getting prepared, working on the trucks, we have salt coming in, and a pile of slag to mix and go with that. Hopefully we're ready."

Trumbull County's Engineer says they are prepared and will have 25 trucks out, with seven extra drivers to hit the streets Tuesday afternoon, just ahead of the storm.

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti tells 21 News they will have 20 trucks ready to roll.  Even though they feel uncertain about how much snow is coming, they're ready.  But he adds they are 4,000  tons below their contract this year because of a trucking issue related to getting the salt delivered here.

However, he says they have a good relationship with ODOT and they can get salt from them if necessary.

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