(Aurora, Ind.) - Dearborn County has a new, much bigger place to store its road salt thanks to a City of Lawrenceburg grant.
A dedication of the Dearborn County Transportation and Engineering Department’s new salt storage building will be held Wednesday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m. at the County Garage on Randall Avenue in Aurora.
The salt shelter was partly funded by the Dearborn Community Foundation through the City of Lawrenceburg Grant Program. It cost $246,000 with the grant covering $100,000 of that amount.
The new storage facility completed in September can hold between 3,500 and 4,000 tons, the same amount the county typically uses in a year.
“The county can now store a winter’s worth of salt and not have to fight with other municipalities for deliveries during snow season,” said Dearborn County Engineer Todd Listerman.
The new facility will help save the county some money, as well.
“Not only will new facility help ensure the county highway department has salt when needed but will help with salt costs since we can buy salt in bulk when prices are lower,” Listerman said.
Before the new shelter was built, the county had to store its salt in quantities of about 400 tons sites on Jamison Road in West Harrison and County Farm Road in Manchester, according to Listerman. Salt and sand mixes were stored outside under tarps. At the Randall Avenue garage, all salt had to be stored outside under tarps.