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ODOT offers free salt for cities in need
For the first time ever ODOT is placing a mid-winter order to distribute road salt to communities about to run out
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Some cities are finding their salt stores depleted due to the harsh winter.
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The Ohio Department of Transportation is offering towns and cities across the state a chance to restock road salt supplies for free.

The unusually severe weather has drained stockpiles in some parts of the state.

ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner says this is the first time the state has offered cities fresh supplies midway through the season.

ODOT's Steve Faulkner on salt supplies

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“We’ve decided to go back to the marketplace and seek a contract that will allow salt companies to bid on salt in an additional midwinter supply refresher that will allow us to have in seven different locations throughout the state these large stockpiles of salt to be dumped.” 

Faulkner says the state will offer the additional salt for free to communities in danger of running out.  It won't start arriving for at least two weeks.

ODOT has gone through 800,000 tons of salt so far this winter. That’s 10 percent more than all of last year.  

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