The start of snow-plowing season is approaching quickly, and our road commissions will be paying more for the salt that’s needed to keep the highways safe.
Delta County Road Commission Manager Jody Norman tells the Radio Results Network that the increase is a hefty one.
“Currently this year we’re sitting at about $71 per ton for salt,” Norman tells RRN News. “I believe we were at about $56, $55 last year, so that’s a pretty substantial increase. On the county system alone, we go through probably 3,000 to 3,500 tons per year, so that’s going to add up to quite a bit.”
Norman says that they are able to mix sand into the salt at times, depending on the storm. He says that about 50-percent of the time, they put down straight salt, and when the temperature gets really cold, they switch to a sand-salt mixture.