Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 7, 2014

Harsh W.Va. winter prompts heavy salt usage

CHARLESTON — Some West Virginia cities have already used twice as much salt as they typically use each year on snow- and ice-covered roads.

Charleston Public Works Director Gary Taylor tells The Daily Mail that the city has used about 4,000 tons of salt so far this season. That’s roughly the same amount used in the last two years combined. Officials in Dunbar and Nitro also report using twice the normal amount of salt.

The state Department of Transportation started the year with around 160,000 tons but has had to order more. The state has used more than 236,000 tons of salt on the nearly 36,000 miles of highway it’s responsible for maintaining and has spent about 77 percent of its $55 million snow removal budget.

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