With another winter storm passing through the state on Wednesday and Thursday, state highway crews are running low on salt.
Harsh weather this winter has caused the Iowa Department of Transportation to spread about 170,000 tons of salt to help melt snow and ice on the state's roads. The agency's salt stock was down to 50,000 tons Monday, and state officials were scrambling to buy salt from alternate sources as still more snow loomed in the forecast.
"We are having to move some salt around to different garages where we are experiencing shortages," said Dennis Burkheimer, the DOT's winter operations administrator. "We'd like to have at least 80,000 tons of salt statewide. There is a serious stress on salt supplies, and vendors have not been able to keep up with the demands as quickly as we would like."
Read the rest of this article in the 2/08 Pilot Tribune.