Salt supplies dwindling across the Mountain State

Local - 3/3/2014 11:53 AM by Stuart Hammer

OAK HILL – A harsh winter has reduced the state's supplies of salt used to treat snow and ice-covered roads.

According to the Department of Transportation the state is getting near the bottom of its salt supplies.

Officials say the DOT is conserving salt by reducing the amount used to treat roads, and instead is using other abrasives like sand and limestone rock.

The DOT has been moving stockpiles from areas that haven't received as much winter weather to areas that have had a greater impact.

But Division of Highways manager Danny Hypes says Fayette County has plenty to go around.

“Our stockpile's holding up pretty good. We hadn't had to give anybody any salt yet. As a matter of fact we got some last week, so we've still got some coming in.”

Hypes says his crew has enough salt to cover a couple more storms. But let's hope they don't have to use it.


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