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Plenty of Road Salt for Winter Ahead

We had a light dusting last night, but much more could be heading towards our region starting as soon as tonight. When it gets this cold, it takes a little bit of extra effort salting the roads. WFFT spoke with several agencies today to ask if this storm coming at the end of the year has any impacts on their budgets, and keeping you safe.
We had a light dusting last night, but much more could be heading towards our region starting as soon as tonight.

When it gets this cold, it takes a little bit of extra effort salting the roads.

WFFT spoke with several agencies today to ask if this storm coming at the end of the year has any impacts on their budgets, and keeping you safe.

Here's what the roads looked like this afternoon.

Just a dusting from the light snow of early Tuesday.

But over the next several days a strong system could dump right on top of us- up to nine inches of the white stuff.

Mary Foster of INdot says they're ready for it.

"Well we have checked over all of our equipment, made sure that everything is in working order. Right now our drives are preparing to be called out this evening,” Foster says.

Foster says when it gets this cold snow and ice can refreeze quickly after it melts, so they need a little extra.

But don't worry, she says they have plenty.

Their budget goes by the fiscal year starting in July, which means it's not the end of the year and the end of the salt.

"This year we have projected for fifty thousand tons of salt for our district, and we are required to take eighty percent of that, and we can take up to one hundred fifty percent of that at quoted cost,” Foster says.

Randy Knach with the Allen County Highway Department says their crews use 350 tons of salt every time their trucks go out.

And even though their budget resets at the top of the year, they still have plenty left over from 2013.

"We start a new budget on January first. Although we plan for this throughout the winter season, we make sure our barns are full of salt, sand and potassium chloride. So it really just bleeds over from the last budget,” Knach says.

New Years Eve means a lot more people are on the road late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Foster says designated drivers should be aware of road crews who are trying to keep everyone safe.

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