ODOT Doubles Salt Usage

The Ohio Department of Transportation doubled its salt usage compared to winter 2012. But officials say this year's usage is average.(Photo: flickr: Will Merydith)
The Ohio Department of Transportation doubled its salt usage compared to winter 2012. But officials say this year's usage is average.(Photo: flickr: Will Merydith)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has used more than 66,000 tons of salt on Central Ohio roadways this winter.

O-DOT’s Breanna Watzka said that’s almost double compared to last year.

“It was a mild winter [last year]. But compared to the winter before that we used over 75,000 tons, so it’s about average.”

Watzka added there’s about 25,000 tons of salt remaining.

“We can order more at a moment’s notice, so we are more than prepared for anything else we get this winter and then to bring us into next year.”

O-DOT has spent about $77 million statewide on salt this season.

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