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Road crews traveling the miles to get the job done

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The winter blast is taking a toll on road crews across Ohio. The amount of miles traveled and salt usage is starting to add up.

The Ohio Department of Transportation in Mahoning County so far this year has used nearly twice the amount of salt used last year, and the winter isn't even over yet.

ODOT statewide has used115,000 tons of salt, and traveled well over one-million miles to keep roads safe and passable this winter.

The biggest challenge for road crews? The dwindling salt supply.

The Columbiana County Engineer says he only has 200 tons of salt left to service county roads. It takes 125 tons to do just one pass of the entire county.

The next shipment of road salt will be delivered in the next two to four weeks.

Trumbull County Engineer, Randy Smith, says he has 4,000 to 4,500 tons of salt left. But keep it mind he has to share that with 15 communities in the county.

Smith says they do have to make the product stretch, using it just on intersections and grades, so they don't run out. They'll use grit treated with brine if they have to.

Mahoning County Engineer Pat Ginnetti has good news. He just received several loads of salt that he ordered more than a month ago. Ginnetti says they made it through the worst of the storm cutting the salt with slag.

ODOT is expected to put out a bid for 150,000 to 210,000 more tons of salt in the next 24 hours to share with each community partner, but again delivery of that could be two to four weeks away.

When it comes to road conditions, the Lisbon Post of the State Highway Patrol says the main roads are fairly clear, but the secondary roads are snow covered and slippery.

In Trumbull County, 422 is plowed and clear, but it is still snowing, so use caution.

Mahoning County is clear, but some spots are still slippery and slick.

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