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Wood Co looks at other options as salt supply diminishes

Wood County's dwindling salt supply. Wood County's dwindling salt supply.
WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Tuesday night will be busy for road crews in the area, but crews in Wood County are already running into a major problem: They barely have enough salt to get through the storm.

Four hundred tons of salt seems like a lot, but in reality, Wood County Highway Department Superintendent Gary Britten says that salt will be used up fast. It could be gone before this round of snow is over.

An extra 600 tons of salt was ordered Tuesday, but the problem is getting it delivered.

"Every other year, you place the order today and by tomorrow, they'd be bringing it to me," Britten said. "The last three or four weeks, it's been about a week [before it gets here]."

He says that's because most places are running low on their salt supply.

"It's a problem if you can't have it when you need it," he said. "Most everyone has used what's in their contract."

All 29 road crew employees in Wood County are getting ready to hit the ground running for at least another 48 hours of 12-hour shifts.

"Everybody is getting tired," Britten said. "We run 12-hour shifts, but that means 13-14 hours, basically, for all of us and we're not sleeping a lot."

If the salt does run out, Wood County has a plan B: Crews will spread ‘number two stone' on the roads instead. The small stones will help give drivers traction on the roads.

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