Ann Arbor Likely Buying More Road Salt to Get Through This Winter

Feb 17, 2014

Communities across the nation are facing shortages of road salt thanks to this year's harsh winter weather.  Ann Arbor isn't in as bad a situation as many communities but the city is looking at buying more salt.

 City Council Tuesday night will consider a proposal to buy an additional $47,000 of salt from the Detroit Salt Company.   In October when Ann Arbor purchased 41-hundred tons of back-up salt the contract included a provision for up to an additional 30 percent at the same rate per ton.

Any additional salt purchases will be at current market rates.  The proposed new purchase is coming from the Ann Arbor's Major and Local street fund balances.  Overall the city will have spent close to $300-thousand for road salt this year.

— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.