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ODOT Credits Bidding Change for Drop in Salt Cost
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- State transportation officials credit a new bidding procedure with a $20 million drop in road salt prices over the past two years.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will spend an estimated $45,739,180.04 on 1,118,044 tons of road salt for the upcoming winter, down from $60,396,736.88 in 2011, according to ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
"We decided early in this administration to complete a top to bottom review of how ODOT operates and identify ways we could save money," Wray said.
The director attributes the steep drop in cost to a 2012 change in bidding procedure that allows salt companies to submit proposals for entire ODOT districts instead of individual counties.
ODOT officials expect the statewide average of road salt to be $35.83 per ton for the upcoming winter.
Click here for a map of county-by-county salt prices, provided by ODOT.