Salt supplies run low in some counties

Big snow events require tons of salt.

“A county will go through 250 tons in a 24 hour period,” said Jonathan Dobson of the Ky. Transportation Cabinet District 11 office in Manchester.

And after this latest snowfall that dumped nearly a half-foot of snow in parts of southeastern Kentucky Sunday, some state roads in Laurel, Clay, Harlan and other counties were not salted until Monday morning.

“And if we get into a situation were salt supplies are in decline, we will suspend treatment of secondary roads, so we do have enough for the interstates and parkways,” said Dobson.

Officials said all main roads in Laurel County and most secondary routes were clear as of early Monday afternoon. This after 1600 tons of salt were delivered.

“That 1600 tons we are getting today will get us through the immediate term and orders are in place for future re-supplies,” said Dobson.

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