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Clark County Highway Department ordering more salt, hoping it's enough

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Road salt supplies are down and prices are up throughout the nation. The shortage is being felt in Kentucky and Indiana, but at least one county is planning ahead.

The Clark County Highway Department only had about 30 tons of salt left after the brutal winter last year. That's only about one truckload. 

"Snow after snow, you just couldn't keep up," said superintendent Jim Ross.

Ross ordered 2,250 tons of salt this year. It's an increase of 550 tons from the year before. Nine hundred tons of it are expected to be delivered this week.

"Just to be on the safe side," he said. "With the snows that we had, we could've used much more if we had it."

Ross says he got a good price on the salt because he asked for bids in the spring. If he were to order salt now, he estimates it would be 40 percent more expensive.

"I've had some people call me and ask me where we're getting ours at," Ross said. "Everybody's having trouble getting it."

Ross believes salt mines have low supplies because of the high demand last year.

"I think they're gonna divvy it out, try to keep everybody with a little bit. I don't think they're gonna try to keep everybody full," Ross said.

If the Clark County Highway Dept. runs out of salt, Ross says they will resort to sand and beet juice.

"I just hope we don't get any snow," he said.

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