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Montgomery County crews forced to use more salt to battle winter weather

Montgomery County crews forced to use more salt to battle winter weather (WKEF/WRGT)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Snow falling in the Miami Valley overnight could make for a slick commute Tuesday morning, and that made us wonder how the counties are doing when it comes to treating the roads this winter.

While the totals for snowfall are down as a whole for the year, the type of weather makers hitting our area have some communities looking to buy more salt.

Montgomery County said it has enough salt to last through the winter, but it’s using a lot more of it than in previous years.

During a traditional storm that drops a few inches, crews would plow and only need to salt once or twice.

“These sorts of storms, we have to salt beginning to end,” Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner said. “Maybe all day long and all night long, maybe for a period of 24 hours, we’re salting that entire time. So it’s using a lot more salt than normal.”

Gruner said he thinks a lot of counties are in similar situations.

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