Butler County Engineer Dean
C. Foster reports that salt supplies at the Engineer's Office
are in very good shape. With recent reports of dwindling salt
and problems transporting the salt, Foster noted that efforts
to improve availability have helped ease the situation dramatically.
"We had a concern about
material availability last week when we couldn't get our orders
shipped. Realizing that situation would not suffice throughout
the entire winter, we knew we had to come up with a workable
solution," he said. "After meeting with the supplier
on Friday, we decided to hire our own trucking companies to expedite
deliveries. Apparently our plan has worked well. We received
a call from the supplier's Chicago headquarters requesting to
use our trucking companies to deliver salt to other agencies."
The BCEO now has 1,300 tons
of salt on hand with more on the way. While his Office currently
has the capacity to store up to 2,000 tons, Foster said he intends
to begin construction of a 6,500 ton salt barn in March. "A
larger storage barn has been in the works for a couple of years.
This most recent situation simply emphasizes our need to have
more salt storage here on site." In addition to treating
267 miles of County roadways, the Engineer's Office has supplied
salt to other local governments, including the City of Hamilton,
Liberty Township, and Madison Township.
2,600 Tons of
Salt Used So Far
Since the nearly two week
battle with winter began on January 1, County snow and ice control
crews have spread approximately 2,600 tons of salt. Nearly 4,500
gallons of calcium chloride have been used and 250 tons of grits
spread. Grit is a very fine aggregate used to improve traction
on icy and snow-covered roads.
Butler County roadways are
open and passable this afternoon; however, many remain icy and
slush-covered. Heavy rains and melting snow earlier this week
have combined to create numerous areas of ponding water on roadways.
Motorists should utilize extreme caution as these areas are prone
to re-freezing with the colder temperatures.
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