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In a first-time move, ODOT seeks salt bids to help cities across state
The state has developed a program where Ohio cities can receive an emergency supply of road salt during this winter season.
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The Ohio Department of Transportation is buying more salt to provide cities with a free emergency supply. But it won’t happen for two more weeks, and that will be well after two more predicted snow storms have blown through the region.

Ben Kovacs is a spokesman for ODOT District 4, which serves Ashtabula, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, Summit and Trumbull counties. He says many cities have been hurting due to the recent weather and ODOT’s main concern is for people’s safety.

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“We’re going to do whatever we have to do to make sure we keep the roads safe, and this plan to purchase the extra 150,000 tons is just that,” Kovacs said. “It’s never been done before, and it’s something that is new for the motoring public to make sure we keep the roads safe.”

Kovacs says ODOT is seeking bids from salt companies across the country who are willing to supply large amounts.

He says the bidding process is open for 10 days, and after that, cities can start receiving salt.

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