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Delivery problems lead to salt shortages in Canton, other cities
Shortage will force departments to salt fewer routes
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Some snow plows will lack the salt they need to properly protect the roads due to delivery issues.
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Some local cities were experiencing shortages of salt even before the latest winter storm this weekend.

Canton, Salem and Alliance are among the cities that are affected by salt delivery problems. Canton’s Public Works Superintendent Kevin Monroe says his city has only received 1,600 of the 15,000 tons it bid for this year, so the city is prioritizing, salting first major routes then intersections and hills on secondary routes.

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“It’s definitely having a negative impact on our operation, without question," Monroe says. "We can’t utilize what we have on hand and find ourselves in the position where we have no materials, so we definitely have to conserve.”

Morton Salt supplies road salt to the cities through Ohio Department of Transportation contracts. Denise Lauer of Morton Salt says in a statement the bad weather has led to higher demand and delayed deliveries.

"We’re working closely with the state, municipalities and townships to deliver on their salt orders as quickly as possible," Lauer says.

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