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Road salt supply barely keeping up with demand in Southern WV

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Severe winter weather across the Northeast has a lot of drivers worried about road conditions.

Dozens of cities and counties in the southern part of West Virginia have indicated they just don't have enough salt to keep up with the weather.

But Summers County's building is almost full, with 500 tons of salt.
West Virginia Department of Transportation Summers County Supervisor Gordy Hardy said while the county is experiencing a delay in receiving its salt orders, he's not concerned about having enough for the season.

"If we do run short there's a few things we can do we can adjust our application rates, with the salt and the aggregate mixture we use," Hardy said.

He said having five counties within his district comes in handy in hard times.

"We kind of look out for each other throughout the counties and we can move the salt around to different locations if somebody is low on supply and someone has an ample supply we can work together to make sure everyone is covered and keep the roads safe," he said.

Hardy said in a typical winter season, his district probably goes through 1,500 tons of salt and double that amount of the salt-rock mixture, which amounts to about three of its storage facilities filled up entirely. But even with snow in the forecast, District 9 is not concerned.

"I think the delivery issues will get sorted out and we wont have any shortage problems," Hardy said.