County prepares for snowy roads, ice, potential salt shortages

By Cameron Billes
The Ingham County Chronicle

Last winter gave Michigan drivers many problems, including icy roads, potholes and traffic delays. With a few snowstorms already hitting the mitten’s capital and the heart of winter fast approaching, Ingham County residents can only wait and see how the 2014-2015 winter pans out. Due to the heavy amounts of snowfall and ice last winter, Neil Sheridan, president of Bluegrass Lawn and Landscape, says salt could become a hard commodity to get this year. “There is a huge shortage of salt this year so if we do get the same kind of winter we had last year, salt will become a very big issue,” Sheridan said. “Even with county roads and city roads and things like that, people’s budgets just won’t allow them to spend the big money on the salt like they have to.”

Sheridan says the state and county road departments have “locked down” the salt shipments, making it very hard for contractors to get salt of their own.