Road Salt Shortage Means Price Hike

By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email
By: Meteorologist Lauren Raymer Email

A severe shortage in road salt, that is used during the winter months, has caused prices to double and triple in some areas.

Many surrounding communities met in Mt. Sterling Wednesday to discuss alternatives and solutions to the salt crisis.

Each year, the U.S. has been using more road salt to clear roads. Therefore, it's a supply problem that is causing the sky-rocketing prices.

Steve Lane, the Public Works Director in Mt. Sterling, says, "It's going to affect everyone, Lexington and Louisville because they use more of it, but it's really going to affect smaller communities."

Last year, Mt. Sterling used more than 650 tons of salt at $51 per ton. This year, salt prices have jumped to more than $100 per ton.

Leo McMillan, the Director of Streets & Roads in Lexington, says, "We're in the process of trying to purchase another 300 tons."

In Lexington, the salt prices have jumped from $42 a ton to more than $63 a ton.

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  • by Chris Location: Avon on Oct 2, 2008 at 08:09 AM
    Well, I guess the Division of Streets & Roads are going to have to quit spreading massive amounts of salt on the roads when the weatherman says there is a "Chance" of snow and actually wait until it starts snowing! lol
  • by Dianne Location: Ky on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:55 AM
    Well the price hike of salt for our roads is Hurricane Ike's fault to I guess! Don't look like we will need to worry about a lot of traffic on the roads if gas prices keep raising - oh yeah that is Hurricane Ikes fault to isn't it?? What about the BIG FEELING IKES IN WASHINGTON THEY HAVE CAUSED MORE PROBLEMS THEN THE HURRICANE IKE EVER COULD!!!


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