Needs more salt

News January 19, 2001
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The snow might be melting, but Illinois is knee-deep in bills

The snow might be melting, but Illinois is knee-deep in bills.


More than $32 million was spent for removing snow and ice from Illinois state highways Nov. 16 through Jan. 3. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the expense exceeded the cost for the entire winter last year.


"The Department of Transportation has incurred extraordinary costs this winter combating snow and ice," IDOT Secretary Kirk Brown said. "Our overtime costs are four times what they were last year for the same period. We already have used more than 363,000 tons of deicing salt compared with 395,000 tons for the entire winter last year. If all that salt used to date were loaded into trucks at one time, that would be equivalent to more than 48,000 truck loads of salt."


With the current break in the weather, salt deliveries have increased, and IDOT now has nearly 220,000 tons of salt at its maintenance facilities statewide. The department started the winter with more than 302,000 tongs of salt in storage facilities.



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