Counties using gravel as salt supplies dwindle

ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A shortage on salt has some streets departments using other methods to treat slick roads.

On Friday, Estill County Judge Executive Wallace Taylor told WKYT the county only had 10 tons of salt left. That's not enough to treat roads in case of another weather event. We spoke with Taylor on Monday morning, just to follow up. He says that the county used gravel to treat roads instead of salt. According to Taylor, there were only a few accidents reported across the county. None of them resulted in injuries.

Taylor says they did locate some salt in other states, but the price had jumped significantly. He says the prices were three to four times higher than they were earlier this winter. The cheapest was $258 a ton. Other places suppliers were selling salt for between $350 and $450 a ton. At this point, Taylor says they can't afford to pay that much for salt. Instead, they'll continue to use gravel to treat the roads. He says the department will save the salt to treat major intersections and hospital entries in the event of another major snow event.

Powell County is also using gravel to treat roadways.

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