COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The Ohio Department of Transportation says they'll save about $20 million on road salt in the coming year. It's the second year in a row prices have dropped.
In years past, salt companies were required to provide ODOT with an estimated price per ton of salt for each of Ohio’s 88 counties. The lowest bid per county won. But in 2012, ODOT changed that and gave salt companies the option to provide bids on entire ODOT districts in addition to individual counties. That has helped to drive down road salt prices.
Spokesman Steve Faulkner also says they're working with local communities to purchase road salt together.
"We may partner with some of the local municipalities within that county to increase our purchasing power," he said.
Statewide, the average for a ton of salt is $35.83. That's down from $54.02 just two years ago.
"We believe we may use 1.1 million tons of salt on Ohio's roadways," Faulkner said. That works out to about $40 million.
Lake County, in Ohio's Snow Belt, is paying the lowest price for a ton of road salt at $23.87. ODOT District 10 in southeast Ohio is paying the highest price at $56.66 per ton.
He says there is nothing in their forecasts that leads them to believe we're in for another mild winter like we saw two years ago. In fact, he joked that it's Ohio so you never know what to expect.
"We want to plan as though we're going to have that significant snowfall and we believe we're ready for this coming winter," he said.