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Salt supplies holding up

January 22, 2014
By DAVE GOSSETT and MARK LAW - Staff writers ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - One day after city street crews were conserving road salt City Manager Tim Boland said deliveries once again are on track.

"Several salt deliveries were made Tuesday and we have a good supply of salt again. We were not out of road salt at any time but we were getting a little tight on supplies because of delivery issues from the salt supplier," Boland said Tuesday night.

"The city participates in a purchase program through the state along with a number of other government entities, and for some reason a number of communities have been experiencing issues with the delivery of salt this year," explained Boland.

"But while we were tight earlier this week we are now in good shape. The delivery issues have been corrected and we don't have any concerns at this point. But we will be looking at why there were issues and how to prevent them in the future," added Boland.

"The safety of our citizens, especially during the winter months, is a top priority for us. We did maintain our streets Tuesday morning with plows and used the available salt where it was needed," said Boland.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has been getting deliveries of salt and has about 4,000 tons at its main garage and outposts throughout the county, said Ty Justice, ODOT county manager. He said ODOT has been getting deliveries daily. He said it appears there are some problems in getting salt deliveries due to transportation issues.

Jefferson County Engineer James Branagan said salt supplies at the county highway department garages are getting low but he was anticipating a 200-ton delivery today.

"We are low like everybody else. We had placed an order in December for 800 tons but we only got a couple hundred since. We need a warm spell so everyone can get caught up on deliveries," he said.

Branagan said the salt bins were filled going into winter but crews have been out on the roads since November spreading salt.

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