Road commission enjoys mild winter, prepares for summer
ARENAC COUNTY — A mild winter means leftover salt for the Arenac County Road Commission, which could lead to more money for upcoming summer construction.
“It’s been a great winter for us,” Road Commission Superintendent Blair Dyer said.
Dyer said he usually purchases 5,000 tons of salt each year and has 1,000-1,200 left over at the end of the winter.
However, this year there are 2,000-2,500 tons left.
“We only used five tons of salt in March,” he said.
Dyer said that he pre-buys all the salt in two separate orders. This winter’s salt cost was $54 per ton, but the commission saves some money by putting a sand, salt and brine mixture on the roads, which costs $19 a ton.
“It’ll cut down my first order,” Dyer said about the salt he’ll need to buy late this year with such excess left over from the winter.
“It helps the whole state of Michigan,” he said about the mild winter.
The road commission is looking at two construction projects for the summer.
One project is putting in a new bridge deck on Arenac State Road where it crosses the Rifle River.
The other project will be work on the intersection of Melita Road and Main Street. Currently, Melita Road curves east into Main Street. After construction, Melita Road will go straight across Main Street, creating a t-shaped intersection.