Duluth buys over 5,000 tons of road salt in preparation for winter

By KBJR News 1

August 30, 2014 Updated Aug 30, 2014 at 8:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- This past winter was a brutal one, and preparations are already underway in Duluth for this upcoming winter.

This week, Compass Minerals America in Duluth purchased over 5,000 tons of road salt--at over 60 dollars per ton--for the winter season of year 2014, running from October to December.

The total cost for road salt for these three months rounds up to nearly $300,500.

The city uses salt during the winter to de–ice roads for prevention of accidents. Last year, city crews picked up and used nearly 6,000 tons of road salt from October through December of 2013.

Nearly 10,000 tons were used this past winter from January through April.

Elsa Robins