The current salt shortage is limiting the ability of the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office to keep County Roads (blue lines on the Montgomery County Transportation Map - http://www.engelsmaps.com/Montgomery/index.php ) clear for motorists.
By now, most motorists are aware that there is a salt shortage in Ohio, as well as, other states. This has been caused by the frequent snow storms since the beginning of December requiring the use of salt at a much higher rate than normal. When combined with slow delivery times from the salt supplier because of high demand and various delivery problems, the result is low supplies on hand. While some additional salt has been obtained, supplies are still low.
Paul Gruner, Montgomery County Engineer, advises motorists that the following practices have been implemented on County Roads in order to preserve the limited amount of remaining salt:
• On low volume rural roads, sand will be used either by itself or mixed with salt.
• Salt use will be concentrated on hills, curves, intersections, and bridges.
• The county will continue to plow roads in order to keep them open, particularly in areas where there is drifting.
• The county will be applying salt brine mixed with beet juice directly to pavements in some specific areas.
Extremely low temperatures, drifting snow, and new snow will make driving hazardous for an extended period of time. Motorists are encouraged to alter their driving habits accordingly by slowing down, allowing extra distance between vehicles, and minimizing travel if possible. Remember that, although a pavement may appear dry, there will be a possibility of black ice, slick spots where drifting has occurred, and slick areas on the berms immediately outside the traveled lane. Cooperation of the driving public is appreciated.
Paul W. Gruner, P.E., P.S.
Montgomery County Engineer
County Engineers in Ohio are required by law to be registered as both Professional Engineers (P.E.) and Professional Surveyors (P.S.). They are responsible for the maintenance and construction of county roads and maintenance and construction of bridges on county roads, township roads, and certain streets within municipalities. They are also responsible for maintaining land surveying records, checking the accuracy and adequacy of recorded land transfer records, and establishing or re-establishing certain land survey monuments.