Monday, November 2, 2009

It appears there won't be a road salt spike this year

This year, though, it appears salt won't pose the problem for public works officials that it did last year because the state says it was able to buy salt a lot cheaper

last winter when Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office investigated whether there was price fixing in the salt market. She didn't find any, but an audit criticized the way the state bought salt. Those mistakes led to higher salt prices, the audit found

This year, roads officials around the state are paying about $60 per ton for salt on average, compared to about $75 last year

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