Salt Budgets So Far So Good

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

It's back to salting and sanding the roads for the Ingham County Road Commission.

"It does take a couple hours especially in those cold early morning temps for that salt to start doing its job, especially at stops and hills and curves," said Bill Conklin, managing director of the commission.

That may be but drivers we talked to say their Thursday morning commute wasn't too bad.

"They haven't been doing as much around the back roads, but they've done a pretty good job so far," said Dave Schoonover, a commuter.

"It was very good," said Renee Hultin, another commuter. "I didn't have any problems at all."

Conklin says typically by now they've run up 20 to 25 percent of their budget on things like salt, overtime, and fuel.

But this time around they've only spent about 15 percent so far.

"We're running a little under budget, but there's a lot of winter left," he said.

It may have been a mild winter so far but with plenty of snow in the forecast through next week the road commission isn't holding its breath.

"Last year was also a little light but then it caught up with us in February and March," he said.

Conklin says not knowing what's in the cards for mid-Michigan, he's cautiously optimistic.

"We continue to have flurries from lake effect snow, reaches across from Lake Michigan, so a little bit every day and that can eat away at the budget just as well as a big storm," he said.


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