With summer pretty much behind us already, and Labor Day now in the rear view mirror, thoughts are, whether we want them to or not, turning to the colder months ahead.
Some communities in our area are now finding out that the cost of road salt has skyrocketed.
For instance, Fulton County has, according to the Crescent News, just secured a contract to buy salt for the upcoming winter at a price of $95.50 per ton. That’s 53 percent more than what it cost last winter!
County officials say it’s the biggest increase they’ve seen since 1997. But Fulton County officials say they are fortunate to even get it at that, as some counties are having difficulty even finding a salt supplier that will provide a quote.
Henry County received a bid of $136.17 per ton — more than four times what the county paid last year.
During a typical winter, ODOT will use about 630,000 tons of salt. Last year, because of the above average snowfall, and below average temperatures we experienced, more than 1.5 million tons of salt was needed.