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Harsh winter forces Lincoln to seek more salt

Feb 27, 2018 at 12:25 PM CST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The harsh winter has forced Lincoln to replenish its supply of road salt.

The city has a $250,000-a-year salt budget and typically uses about 4,800 tons during winter, the Lincoln Journal Star reported . Lincoln already has used about 6,000 tons and winter isn't over.

Last year, the city didn't use any private contract plowers and only used city plows on one day, said Tim Byrne, maintenance operations manager. This year, Lincoln has used plows four or five times.