Stories tagged with: Salt

March 26, 2014 - 4:18am
1 year 14 weeks ago

Ohio officials have approved spending another 2 million dollars on road salt to replenish supplies used during the long snowy winter.  The State Controlling Board granted the request from the Ohio Department of Transportation for more than 2 million dollars to buy about 30-thousand tons of salt from Cargill De-Icing and Morton Salt Incorporated.  Spokesman Steve Faulkner says the agency has used more than one-million tons of salt this winter at a cost of nearly 100-Million dollars...

February 28, 2014 - 6:48pm
1 year 18 weeks ago

Matt Russell, Administrative Deputy at the Muskingum County Engineer's Office, says the MCEO currently has 300 tons of salt left to last them until the end of winter. Typically the Muskingum County Engineer's Office uses 3,000 to 4,000 tons of salt a year. This year, that number has nearly doubled to 6,000 tons. Russell says because they have maxed out their state contract, it's unlikely they will order more salt.

"You'd have to pay more if you can actually get it,...

February 28, 2014 - 6:30pm
1 year 18 weeks ago

The Ohio Department of Transportation is preparing for the worst, and with limited amounts of salt.

Right now trucks are being greased and pre-loaded in anticipation of Sunday's big storm. ODOT Manager, Phil Valentine, says the Muskingum County garage currently has 2,500 tons of salt left. While Valentine says 2,500 is a "survivable rate," he says they will continue to pace how much salt is used.

"Right now we're still salt on interstates but a lot of our...

February 5, 2014 - 5:54pm
1 year 21 weeks ago

Snow plow crews have been busy clearing roads and have been working around the clock to get the job done. City of Zanesville's acting service director, Chip Saunders, said crews are working 12 hour shifts to plow and salt the roads.

"With this amount of snow, obviously one of he important things for us is we're not only plowing the main drags, we're trying to get all the catch basins open so we can get the water flowing to the catch basins because we've got concerns with ice...

January 27, 2014 - 10:20pm
1 year 22 weeks ago

Instead of potentially being put on a waiting list like many other cities across the state, where Public Service Director James Sawyer says "demand is high and the supply is low," the city of Zanesville can now get a head start on the process of ordering more salt to keep roads clear.

"We're looking at about maybe 1,800 tons of salt," said Sawyer. "But we have storage for only so much so we have to buy in increments. We can't put it all in one unit that we...

January 24, 2014 - 7:22pm
1 year 23 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Engineer's office is finding innovative ways to stretch their winter salt supply.

Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis says that every year his office is given a estimated 4.9 million dollar budget. He says they are carefully rationing the amount of money they use on salt in order to have funds left over for summer projects.

"We have one budget. That budget pays for salt, pays for sand, pays for tires, pays for fuel, pays for bridges, pays for asphalt,...

November 25, 2013 - 6:51pm
1 year 31 weeks ago

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for our area starting at 10 a.m Tuesday, and the Ohio Department of Transportation is getting ready.

The Muskingum County Manager of ODOT, Phil Valentine says that they are expecting snow to hit our area and he is bringing in extra help.

"It's looking like it's going to come shortly after midnight tonight, we have crews getting some salt loaded up, plows hooked up and getting prepared to come in at midnight or...

February 4, 2013 - 9:46pm
2 years 21 weeks ago

After such a mild season last winter, the City of Zanesville had an overage of salt and struggled with where to store this excess.

The city is required to buy 80% of the total bid amount that the city placed with the Ohio Department of Transportation the year before. Prices vary from year to year because they are dependent on the weather of the winter prior, therefore, due to the quiet winter last year, the reflective price was lower. 

Mike Sims, Zanesville Public...

January 2, 2013 - 1:40pm
2 years 26 weeks ago

It's a routine winter for those plowing our roadways in the City of Zanesville.

Zanesville's Public Service Director said that salt prices this year are just over $49 for a ton. Last winter, the city was paying over $60 a ton for salt. The mild winter also led to a problem for the city on where to store the excess.

"We had to unload all the bins that we keep our stone and other construction materials like sand and gravel in and actually fill them with salt and then buy huge...

January 21, 2012 - 6:13pm
3 years 23 weeks ago

Shoppers swarmed the Pick'n Save in Zanesville on Friday to stock up on groceries before the storm hit.

Assistant Store Director Rodney Price was lucky enough to have the day off, but he said milk and bread were flying off the shelves as people prepared for the worst.  Price said the store's atmosphere is always eerily calm once the snow starts to fall.

"Usually as soon as they mention the word snow, we start getting really busy," said Price.   "We...

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