COLUMBUS, Ohio - No companies responded to the Ohio Department of Transportation's offer to buy salt to supply to cities whose road salt is rapidly dwindling in this season's harsh winter.
The companies had 10 days to submit bids on the project, which would entail supplying the state with salt in 10,000-ton increments. The state had hoped to gather at least 150,000 tons from suppliers to offer to cities around the state.
"ODOT is committed to assisting local communities with temporary salt supplies and is exploring alternative ways to get road salt into Ohio and provide it free of charge," the department said in a press release Friday. "More information should be available soon."
ODOT has used 880,000 tons of salt on Ohio's roadways this year and expects to exceed 1 million tons before spring. On top of that, cities and other municipalities have used their own supplies to salt their roadways.