Another round of winter will use cities' salt supplies AGAIN - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Another round of winter will use cities' salt supplies AGAIN

ROCKY RIVER, OH (WOIO) -

The topic of road salt supplies has been a hot one during this very frigid winter.  Plain and simple, we are using a lot of it.  

Back up supplies are dwindling, and while there are hundreds of years of salt at Cargill, it isn't much good until it's spread on roadways.

"I never had this kind of problem before," says Rocky River Service Commissioner Mike Reyes.

Reyes's supply is so low that he is mixing something called sno grid to salt. It's the leftovers from a blast furnace.

"It stretches the supply.  It gives you traction and it helps break down any kind of snow that I might get there, slowly but it does," says Reyes.

Rocky River got a delivery of 60 tons of salt Monday, bringing their supply to 100 tons. But, a healthy storm can use double that.

And, keeping roads open is good for business. One study found even a one day shutdown in Ohio would cost $300 million in economic impact.

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