This winter's impact on the salt supply

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - We started off slow, but winter has been in full force since the new year got underway.

This most recent round of snow has many wondering how the salt supply is holding up.

There was some concern last fall that there may be a salt shortage this year, but officials say there's still plenty in supply.

Lansing's Public Service director Andy Kilpatrick says the city has used about two-thirds of the minimum amount of salt they have to buy.

So far, they've used about 4,800 tons out of the minimum order of 6,500 tons.

Crews in the City of Lansing hit the streets around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

In Ingham County, plowing began at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"Normally, we have three shifts depending on the event. We'll work folks up to 16 hours and then they'll have eight hours off. Then we'll come back and we'll just rotate through until we're done clearing up from the storm," said Kilpatrick.

Bill Conklin with the Ingham County Road Commission said plowing would continue until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

He also said any residential streets not plowed Tuesday night will be done Wednesday morning.

Many Road Commission employees have worked overtime this season to keep up with the snow.