More road salt used this year than last

Frank Lewis

April 6, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

It should come as no surprise that Scioto County used more salt to clear area roadways of ice and snow this year than they did last year. Despite using more road salt, the county is still sitting on an abundance.

“This year (2012-2013) we used more than last year. In 2011-2012 we used 318 tons (of salt) at a cost of $18,500. This season 2012-2013 we used 899 tons,” said Craig Opperman, Scioto County Engineer. “Last season we went out seven times and this year we went out 15 times.”

He said the county nearly doubled its usage of salt during the 2012-2013 season.

“When we buy salt, we buy into a state co-op to keep costs down. with the state co-op you have to purchase a minimal amount,” Opperman said. “We still have about 865 tons yet to buy, once we get that we will be close to capacity.”

He said thus far in 2012-2013, the county has purchased 135 tons.

Scioto County has three outposts in which the salt is stored: Otway, South Webster and a shared space with the Ohio Department of Transportation in Wheelersburg. Opperman said that is in addition to the garage in Lucasville.

Opperman said on any given year the county will spend $100,000 a year on 1,500 -1,800 tons of salt.

It was announced on Wednesday that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award for 2013.

According to released information, “ODOT is the only state department of transportation in the country to receive this distinguished honor. The APWA says ODOT was selected for the award because of the agency’s high standard of service for snow and ice removal on 43,000 miles of highways, using 1,600 snow plows, 3,000 employees, and more than 650,000 tons of salt stored at 200 locations around the state.

So far this winter, ODOT has used 738,948 tons of salt statewide at a cost of almost $81 million. Compare that to last year’s mild winter when ODOT used 368,669 tons of salt and spent $43,817,204 to date. Currently, the agency has roughly 300,000 tons of salt on hand.”

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