A spokesman says the Ohio Department of Transportation may end up using nearly twice as much road salt this season as it typically does for an average winter.
Spokesman Steve Faulkner says the agency uses 630 thousand tons of salt in an average winter. It had nearly that much on hand in October, before what has been an unusually cold, snowy season.
Salt demand is outpacing supply, and some shipments have been delayed. Faulkner says that has limited the state's ability to help local governments that are short on salt or can't afford to buy more. He says the department has tried to help those communities on a case-by-case basis.