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ODOT Says No Salt Companies Bid on Supplemental Supply for Local Governments
Posted on: 02/14/2014
By  Mike Cullums
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced this afternoon that its bid request to provide road salt to local communities in need received no bids from any salt companies.
ODOT asked salt companies to bid on 10,000-ton increments of salt, to be delivered to seven strategic locations in three rounds. The intent was to receive at least 150,000 tons of road salt that ODOT could provide to local communities where some supplies are depleted.
The department planned to charge nothing for the road salt and instead was asking communities to return the salt once their supplies were replenished.
The 10-day bid period for salt companies ended today without one bid.
ODOT says it remains committed to assisting local communities with temporary salt supplies and is exploring alternative ways to get more road salt into Ohio and provide it free of charge. The department says more information on that effort should be available soon.
Since the beginning of winter, ODOT has used more than 880,000 tons of salt on Ohio roadways. That does not include salt that counties, cities, townships and villages have used to treat local roads and streets.
With 43,000 lane miles to treat, 3,000 drivers and 1,600 snow plows statewide, ODOT drivers have treated more than 11 million miles of roads so far, making this winter one of the most active seasons in state history.
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