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ODOT 'Exploring Options' After Companies Fail to Bid on Salt Contract
COLUMBUS (Ben Garbarek) -- The long and snowy winter is wreaking havoc on the salt supply in many communities and ODOT said it's having a hard time helping out.
"If we have an issue in one part of the state, we can move some salt from one part of the state if we need to," said Steve Faulkner with ODOT. "But if you're a local township or local village, when that salt barn runs empty, you're out."
ODOT tried to buy 10,000 tons of salt to give to smaller communities that are practically out. Problem is, not a single salt company said it could fill the order. Salt companies are behind filling older orders. Demand is high not just in Ohio, but across the country.
ODOT is hoping some warmer weather will give the salt companies time to catch up.
"We're cautiously optimistic we're going to get through the rest of this winter and be able to get through with the salt we have on hand," Faulkner said. "Mother Nature could have a completely different idea for us though."
So far ODOT has used 880,000 tons of salt this winter.