WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – By participating in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s cooperative purchasing program for this year’s summer fill contract, the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office could save roughly $40 per ton of road salt.
That is some serious cash considering the engineer’s office buys about 4,000 tons of salt as summer fill. It still leaves roughly 12,000 tons that will be bought as winter fill.
Trumbull County Highway Superintendent Gregg Alberini said summer fill is usually cheaper than the winter one, but they will be taking that contract to bid in the coming weeks and hope they can get the purchasing price at or below the almost $67 per ton summer time price.
“Last year was a horrific winter and we are working with the county engineer Randy Smith to make sure that we lock in the best price that we can possibly get,” Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka said.
Alberini said savings from lower salt prices would be put toward other road maintenance projects.
” I think we ordered 16,000 tons last year, so 25 percent of that we will get up front from ODOT and the balance whoever comes back with a good price,” he said.