Eau Claire (WQOW) - We finally got a break from the cold temperatures Wednesday, but not long ago, cars were piling up along the highways with icy conditions stretching our road crews thin.
Eau Claire County Highway Administrator Jon Johnson said the county has used more than 4,000 tons of salt on the state and county highways in 2018.
While that is not significantly higher than years past, the county did have to bring in an extra 2,000 tons of salt to get us through the rest of the winter.
Johnson said buying more salt should not be a financial issue since the county came in under budget in 2017. Salt costs $64 a ton, Johnson said.
Here is a breakdown of salt and sand usage in Eau Claire County: The "State" category entails major state highways like Hwy. 53 and I-94. The "County" category entails county highways.
1/1/2018 to 2/14/2018
Salt – 3,261.5 Ton
Salt/Sand – 204.56 Ton
Salt Brine/Super Mix – 9,552.5 gal
Calcium Chloride - 13,040 gal
Salt – 802.07 Ton
Salt/Sand – 4,943.08 Ton
Salt Brine/Super Mix – 1,996 gal
Calcium Chloride - 601 gal