Kansas Road Crews Might Conserve Salt This Winter

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ State and local governments are hoping for a mild winter, given the rising cost of road salt.

But if this winter matches the last two for heavy snow and ice storms, driving conditions could become dangerous for travelers because road salt might be used more sparingly to help ease budget constraints.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says it has paid the higher prices and are amply stocked with salt for now.

KDOT spokeswoman Kim Stich told The Wichita Eagle for a story Monday that the state is paying 20 percent more for a ton of salt than it did last year -- $39.74 compared with $32.98.

The state gets its salt from the Hutchinson Salt Co., the Independent Salt Co. in Kanopolis, and Cargill in Lyons. Stich said that because of the recent harsh winters, KDOT must compete with other highway departments for salt.


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