SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – The salt sheds are loaded and county crews are ready for the first accumulating snowfall of the year, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The winter maintenance budget for this fiscal year is approximately $12 million for MDOT’s Metro Region — which includes Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne counties.

More than 145,000 tons of salt have been purchased by the counties, at an average cost of $47.40 per ton.

The following is a breakdown for salt purchases in each county:

  • Wayne County: 69,400 tons at $46.09/ton
  • Oakland County: 48,000 tons at $46.50/ton
  • Macomb County: 26,000 tons at $47.50/ton
  • St. Clair County: 1,100 tons at $49.53/ton

Statewide, the total winter maintenance budget is approximately $89 million. More than 500,000 tons of salt have been purchased at an average price of $59.07 per ton. Contingency plans are in place to purchase late season salt if necessary.

During winter weather events, MDOT reminds motorists to accelerate or brake slowly, slow down when visibility is reduced, maintain a safe distance from vehicles ahead, and give snowplows room to groom.

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent traffic incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.

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