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City And County Salt Domes Are Stocked And Ready For Winter

Tana Weingartner

Cincinnati and Hamilton County both say they're ready for winter's snow and ice. The two combined have more than 50,000 tons of road salt on hand, and contracts in place to buy more if needed.

Cincinnati Superintendent of Traffic and Road Operations Jarrod Bolden says the city's fleet is ready to go.

"We have between 75 and 80 trucks to start the season," Bolden says. "We have 27,000 tons of salt on hand, so the city is prepared."

Hamilton County Engineer Ted Hubbard says salt is cheaper this year than last. The county is paying around $70 per ton. The city's contract is about $76 per ton.

"Last year, because the price was so high, we mixed with grit to extend the salt supply. At $104 per ton, it's hard to replace financially. Now this year, we're going to go pure salt."

Hubbard says the county purchased a few new salt trucks this year and its fleet of around 60 trucks have been inspected and are ready to go.

Cincinnati has about 80 trucks and Bolden says they're prepared as well. During snow and ice events, he says Cincinnatians can contact the city several ways if they have concerns.

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