ODOT salt bid request has no takers

A request from the Ohio Department of Transportation to provide road salt to local communities in need
has received no bids from salt companies.
On Feb. 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 ended on Friday.
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.
That maked this winter one of the most active seasons in history.