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Harsh winter reduces WV DOT's salt supplies

Marcus Constantino
Cars slowly make their way down Kanawha Boulevard in downtown Charleston Monday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A harsh winter has reduced the state's supplies of salt used to treat snow and ice-covered roads.Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly says the state is getting to the bottom of its salt supplies.
For the last month, the DOT has been moving stockpiles from areas that haven't received as much snow to areas that have seen greater impact.Bly says the DOT also is conserving salt by reducing the amount used to treat roads and using other abrasives, such as sand and small limestone rock.She says the threat of ice kept many people home on Monday morning. She says that helps the DOT clear the roads.
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