Local road salt supply OK for now, but dwindling

Local road salt supply OK for now, but dwindling

If you thought the constant snow and ice was causing you some headaches this winter, the Champaign County Highway Department is nearing the end of its salt supply and is unsure of when the next shipment will arrive.

Maintenance Supervisor Tracy Wingler said he ordered more salt several weeks ago, but because of the high demand this winter it's unclear of when that shipment will arrive.  Wingler said crews will limit salting the roads to dangerous areas like intersections and curves for now.  He said the county has about 100 tons of salt left, which he said is what crews could use during certain types of snow storms.

Wingler added that it's critical to get some more salt, but for now he asked for patience in getting the roads clear.

Wingler said another concern is that the high demand for salt could cause prices to increase for next winter when the orders start to come in from municipalities.

Meanwhile, Champaign Public Works spokesperson Kris Koester said the city is in really good shape on its salt supply at this time and is still waiting on more salt to be delivered.  Over in Urbana, Public Works Operations Manager John Collins said the city is doing okay for now on its salt supply, but Collins said he would like to get more of the salt he ordered, as well, to feel more comfortable.

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