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Road salt prices drop a significant amount
Road salt is nearly $20 million cheaper now than in 2011
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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ODOT plow trucks try to keep up with heavy snowfall; the salt they carry this year will be a lot cheaper than years past
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Ohio taxpayers are saving money this winter. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains, that's because the state is paying less for road salt.

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Back in 2011, road salt was more expensive.  The price tag then was more than $20 million higher than it is today. 

This year, state and local governments plan to purchase more than 1.1 million tons of salt for a little more than $40 million.

Two years ago, that much salt would have cost more than $60 million.

So why the savings now? In 2012, ODOT changed the way it handled bids on prices for salt. And that's credited for reducing the prices throughout the state.

It’s probably a good thing salt isn’t costing as much this year. 

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting this winter will be very cold and snowy.  Of course, the almanac said last winter would be bad, but the weather was actually milder than usual.  So maybe it’s a good idea to take the almanac’s prediction with a grain of salt.

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