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      Help on the way after record snow causes road salt shortage

      <font size="2">A shortage of salt for treating roads comes after an especially harsh winter that has brought record snowfall to most areas of the state.</font>

      The snow keeps on coming, and with it comes a dwindling supply of road salt. Now, the state of Ohio says they'll help local governments get more supplies to treat winter-ravaged roads.

      The shortage of salt for treating roads comes after an especially harsh winter that has brought record snowfall to most areas of the state, including in northwest Ohio.

      READ: Toledo smashes record for snowiest January

      The Ohio Department of Transportation is nearing its purchasing limit on four contracts negotiated last summer with suppliers to provide salt for the state and for local governments. ODOT said it may order as much as an additional 210,000 tons of salt to share with cities and towns with diminishing supplies.

      ODOT director Jerry Wray said the state usually stocks about 600,000 tons of salt. This year, the supply is approaching 1 million tons.

      The salt will be dumped in seven strategic locations around the state so that hard-hit cities, towns and villages can replenish their own supplies. The new supplies could reach salt barns across the state within two weeks.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)