8.27.14: After bad winter, new salt costs leave bad taste
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — With temperatures in the 80s, who’s thinking about winter road salt? Road agencies are — and they’re seeing higher prices.
The County Road Association of Michigan says there’s sticker shock out there. Washtenaw County is reporting an increase of at least $500,000 for the next winter. Road Commission operations director Jim Harmon says the “budget hits just keep on coming.”
The Kent County Road Commission expects to pay $66 a ton, more than double the price from a decade ago.
Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association, says it’s a matter of supply and demand, especially after salt reserves were pounded last winter. The association says the average cost statewide will be up nearly 50 percent.