New salt dome ready for delivery

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Like many communities across the area, salt supplies are dwindling in Trumbull County. But a new salt dome is ready for delivery when and if another load is needed.

The construction cost of the salt dome at the county engineer’s office in Warren came in about $35,000 less than the estimated $585,000 that was budgeted for the project. Trumbull County Commissioners will approve the change in the order to adjust the final pricing.

Trumbull County Engineer Gary Shaffer said the savings allowed for some extra building features.

“We expanded the concrete pad and some other work items that we wanted to accomplish since we knew we were going to be under contract,” said Shaffer.

The dome was partly funded by a $500,000 local government innovation grant.

The new dome comes just in time as Trumbull County decides whether they will need another delivery of salt from state supplies.

There is currently between 400 and 500 tons of salt at the two domes located in Warren and Cortland.

Trumbull County gets its salt supply from the Ohio Department of Transportation, but ODOT did not receive any bids from salt suppliers when it offered to order 150,000 tons of salt last week.

Trumbull County Highway Engineer Greg Alberini said they can still get more salt from the state if needed.

“It is all contingent on the weather. Having warmer weather helps like today, but we are hoping it helps to get us through,” said Alberini.

Several townships and communities receive salt supplies through the county engineer as part of a collaborative agreement.

Alberini said he is expecting salt costs to increase next year.

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