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Record set for road salt use as more snowfall looms

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LISBON, Ohio - Snowstorm after snowstorm has put road salt in high demand this winter and  another storm forecast for Tuesday is expected to produce 3 to 5 more inches of snow.

The number of snowfalls this season has increased the frequency that roads and highways have needed to be treated and cleared of snow and ice.

The Ohio Department of Transportation was having a difficult time getting bids for road salt needed by local communities. Brent Kovacs is a spokesman for ODOT District 4 which includes Trumbull and Mahoning counties.  "Last week really did help us out.  We were able to secure about 2,000 to 3,000 extra tons of salt within District 4, so in total we're right around 45,000 tons of salt in the district," Kovacs said. 

ODOT says the salt may be shared within the district as needed.

"But as a district, we will share salt between counties if need be.  But I'm pretty sure right now we're in a good spot with all the counties," Kovacs said.

Columbiana County in District 11 is one area where salt supplies are being watched closely.

"As far as salt supplies go, we're running a little short,  but we are still capable of taking care of what we need to," said District 11 Transportation Director Brent Rose.

While highway and road department garages are closed for President's Day, crews were on standby for duty Monday night and Tuesday.

The state director of ODOT says Ohio could use one-million tons of salt this year for the first time ever.

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