COLUMBUS: A shortage of road salt has some Ohio communities scrambling and the state’s transportation department is looking for ways to help.
The state didn’t get any takers from salt suppliers over the past week when the Ohio Department of Transportation offered to order 150,000 tons of salt for counties, cities and townships.
No salt companies bid in the 10-day window that ended Friday. The lack of bids is a sign that the companies are stretched thin, said department spokesman Steve Faulkner.
The plan was to stockpile salt at seven locations around the state for communities that were running low and then have them replace the salt when their own supplies were replenished. Now the transportation department said it will explore other options.