Companies Fail to Bid on Mid-Season Salt Contract
had hoped for approximately 150,000 tons to give to local communities
February 14, 2014) – A request from the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) to provide road salt to local communities in need has received no bids
from salt companies.
On Wednesday, February
5, ODOT asked salt companies to bid on 10,000 ton increments of salt to be
delivered to seven strategic locations during 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 agency 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
ODOT is committed to
assisting local communities with temporary salt supplies and is exploring
alternative ways to get road salt into Ohio and provide it free of charge. More
information should be available soon.
Since the beginning of
winter, ODOT has used more than 880,000 tons of salt on Ohio roadways. That
amount does not include the salt counties, cities, townships and villages are
using to treat roads in local communities.
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 making this winter one of the most
active seasons in history.
For more information,
contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at