Dublin Villager

City's salt supplies staying ahead of snowfalls


The snow storm that dumped as much as 12 inches of snow on some spots in central Ohio Feb. 5 won't bankrupt Dublin's salt reserves.

While news of salt shortages in central Ohio are plentiful, Dublin has had a few deliveries to keep the city in salt, Public Service Director Megan O'Callaghan told council members this week.

"We do have salt," she said. "We've been consistently getting deliveries. They're small, but we're getting them."

The Feb. 5 snow storm that dumped about 10 inches of snow on Dublin was the 19th of the season, O'Callaghan said, and pushed the city's snow cleanup expenses beyond last year's cost by $400,000.

"It's been a very busy, challenging snow season," O'Callaghan said.

The early February snowstorm was especially challenging to clean up because snow kept falling and was then followed by freezing rain, O'Callaghan said.

Snow warriors can usually make one entire round of Dublin's streets in 24 hours, but during the Feb. 5 storm it took about 39 hours to clean streets, O'Callaghan said.

"The order priority is determined by traffic volume and speed," she said of the order in which streets are cleaned.

Major roads such as Dublin Road, Muirfield Drive and Riverside Drive are cleaned first, followed by secondary streets such as Hanna Hills and Earlington Drive, O'Callaghan said.

Residential streets are cleared last.