By Gary Brock
On Monday, Adams County Engineer David Hook was fearing the worst - that his county road crews would have little or no salt to spread on roads when the next storm hit.
But by Tuesday “I was breathing a little easier,” Hook said. His county road department now has about 850 tons of salt-grit mix to spread on roads as the latest storm hits Adams County today.
A few days ago, Hook believed he would be without the much needed salt supplies to cover more than 380 miles of Adams County roads.
“We’ve had about 750 tons of salt on order for about two weeks from Morton’s,” Hook said. But the salt was overdue in arriving. And last weekend’s storm was depleting what was left of the supplies he had on hand.
After putting out the word that Adams County might be without salt for this new storm, which will likely spread ice over the county roads, Hook said he was able to buy 100 tons of salt from the Ohio Department of Transportation. That salt has now arrived, and has created a mix totaling about 600 tons.
He said that the weekend storm did not use as much of the mix as they had expected, so they found there was about 250 tons of the mix left over. He said he now has plenty for this storm
“And I’ve gotten a call now from Morton’s, indicating that the salt we had ordered may start arriving as soon as Wednesday (today),” Hook said. That was welcomed news for the County Engineer.
The Adams County road crews, consisting of 18 trucks, cover about 380 miles of roads.
Concerning this winter, Hook said, “This has just been back to back to back. This is the worst since I have been here.” To date this season, Hook said the county has used about 15-16 thousand tons of salt on county roads.
Contacted Tuesday, ODOT also said it has an adequate supply of salt mix to cover its 217 miles of Adams County roads.
Gary Brock can be reached at 937-382-2574 or Twitter at @GBrock4