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ODOT: Salt Supply Sufficient for Central Ohio
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- State transportation officials believe they have enough salt to keep interstates, as well as state and U.S. routes, safe and passable throughout the rest of winter.
Ohio Department of Transportation [ODOT] District 6 workers have distributed 95,000 tons of salt from October 1, 2013-February 14, 2014 -- nearly double the amount used during the same period last year.
ODOT District 6 officials are expecting the delivery of 10,000 tons of salt to add to their current stockpile of 11,000 tons, according to Communications Manager Nancy Burton. Usage will continue to be conservative to ensure that supplies last through the season.
Burton said ODOT District 6 has provided some salt to local communities during the harsh winter, though such requests have been infrequent.
ODOT District 6 includes Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties.
ODOT released the following District 6 salt usage figures from this, and last, season:
Oct. 1, 2013 Feb. 14, 2014 95,000 TONS
Oct. 1, 2012 Feb. 14, 2014 - 49,300 TONS
MILES DRIVEN THIS YEAR TO LAST
1 million to 613,000
TOTAL ICE AND SNOW COSTS INCLUDING OVERTIME
This season: $9.6 Million; Last season: $5.3 Million