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Marshall County running low on salt for roads

By James Fillmore
Published On: Jan 29 2014 04:11:58 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 04:52:44 PM CST

Marshall County is running low on salt for its roads.

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. -

Marshall County is almost out of salt.

The highway department has used twice as much this winter as last and the cold weather is far from over.

The superintendent of the Marshall County Highway Department says they order their salt in the summer.

The past few winters have been more mild and they had no idea this one would require so much salt.

The highway department has been running pretty much non stop since Thanksgiving.

Neal Haeck is the superintendent of the highway department and he says, "We have to try to find more salt." 

The highway department began the season with 1,600 tons of salt.

There was the 1,200 it ordered for this winter and 400 tons left over from last season.

Now, all that's left is a small pile.

The superintendent says they can't just order more because the demand is greater than the supply.

Haeck adds, "All the salt companies in northern Indiana basically have been out of salt so we have to use other things to try and enhance the melting capabilities." 

The county is using a mixture of a little bit of salt and a lot of sand. It's just one of the ways that the county is trying to make it through this winter."

If the county can't find more salt and goes through the salt-sand mixture they will have to just use sand.

The superintendent says it's not as good as salt but it's comparable.

Haeck says, "That's all we can do is treat sand. We treat it with some melting liquids. There's calcium chloride. There's magnesium chloride."  

Linda Vialard lives in Marshall County and she thinks the county is doing a good job keeping the roads clear considering the circumstances.

She says, "I feel that they're doing the best they can. They're trying to help us all out by keeping the roads clear and if they have to whatever they can do that's probably the best thing."

The superintendent says in the future they will order a few extra tons of salt so that way even if they don't use it it will be there the next time we have a bad winter.