Winter watch: Lake County keeping close eye on salt supply

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MENTOR, Ohio-- Salting the roads in Lake County has never been more strategic. Officials said they have to be extra careful because of costs this year.

"Our supply is there, but we have to watch our supply because it costs four times as much as it did last year. So we have to watch the budget," said Maintenance Highway Engineer Ted Galuschik.

He said one ton of salt used to be $27, but now it's about $80.

While the county found the money to pay for it all, they still have to be mindful with their budget so they can afford to do summertime road repairs.

In the meantime, he said they're planning to put down more salt during the day rather than at night. That's because the roads are typically busier. They're also going to target Route 2 and major thoroughfares first.

"With as much driving as I do, it does make it a lot easier when they keep the roads salted. Sometimes you see the trucks out there and they're not even salting, so it'll be interesting with the snow coming if they can keep them clean or not," said driver, John Chatham.

Galuschik said people shouldn't panic. He said they will always make sure the roads are passable and safe.

"Our salt suppliers are giving us salt in an ample time, so right now we're feeling pretty good about preparing for the roads," he said.

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