Ohio Communities Chilled By Costly Road Salt

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Ted Strickland's office has asked the Ohio Department of Transportation to investigate surging prices for road salt.

Department spokesman Scott Varner says the jump in those costs has raised concerns.

Prices skyrocketed after supplies were depleted by heavy salt usage last year. Some cities report they're paying between $67 and $150 per ton for salt, compared to around $47 per ton last year.

Ohio communities including Dayton say they'll be forced to put less salt on the streets this winter.

In western Ohio, Greene County engineer Bob Geyer says to slow drivers down it would be cheaper for him to spread money on icy roads.

Cities are searching for ways to hold down costs without sacrificing safety, such as mixing salt with sand.