State Looking at Salt Conservation Due to Dwindling Supplies

Contributor: Lance Vaught
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Updated: 2/07 5:55 pm
The abundance of snow and ice that have hit the Bluegrass so far, along with more expected to arrive, has the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet searching for ways to save road salt while deliveries are slow and supplies are short.

KYTC reported less than 150,000 tons of salt remain on hand, so they're trying to figure out how to make the most with what they have.

One idea involves using more plowing and less treatment with salt, as conditions allow.

The cabinet said they use between 200,000 to 250,000 tons of salt per year on average.

So far, over 300,000 tons have been used this season.

The state's salt reserves are also running low, with a 60,000-ton emergency reserve in Louisville now reportedly down to 26,000 tons.

According to KYTC, that means not all county and municipal governments will be able to get the salt they ask for.

The top priority for road treatments, they said, goes to state highways and other routes that see a lot of traffic.

Drivers are being asked to help the situation by driving safer and smarter, including...

• Using greater caution and driving slower

• Providing plenty of space for snow plows and other heavy highway equipment

• Getting rid of distractions while behind the wheel

• Keeping an eye out for icy conditions

• Having a blanket, flashlight and emergency supply kit in your vehicle(s)

• Staying in your vehicle if you become stranded

Current road conditions for Kentucky can be found at or by calling 511.
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