Seems like old man winter is arriving a bit early this year, and according to the Bryan Times, local officials aren’t taking any chances.
They report that the county has purchased enough salt, sand and liquid heat for any surprises that may come along.
The local road crews cover up to 400 miles of roadway with 13 snow plow routes in Williams County.
Last year, the cost of overtime amounted to around $70,000 to keep county roads clear. That cost was in addition to vehicle maintenance costs.
350 tons of salt was purchased for the coming winter, at a cost of about $60 a ton. Sand was also purchased for $40 a ton. County officials say another 500 tons of salt will be ordered later in the winter most likely. Last year, the county needed to purchase a total of 2,500 tons of salt… a record. At the end of the winter, only about 200 tons was left over.