Kentucky Running Low on Salt Supplies

Published 03/05 2014 03:23PM

Updated 03/05 2014 03:24PM

dumping salt in truck
dumping salt in truck
This time last year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet used around 160,000 pounds of road salt. Right now, that number is almost triple. Officials are asking  crews to try and conserve.

Normally, engineers say the less than 70,000 tons on hand would be more than enough to get through the rest of Winter, but not this year. Reserves in Louisville are also tapped out.

Transportation officials have been asked to mix salt with sand on secondary roads, reduce application to less than 200 pounds per two lane mile, the normal process is usually 250 to 400 pounds, and strictly plow the roads when the temperatures are 25 degrees and warmer.

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