The Hancock County Engineer’s Office has filled the salt building off Lima Avenue and completed maintenance on county trucks, as employees prepare for winter and keeping 362 miles of county roads drivable during the snowy months, county Engineer Chris Long reports.

The county has bought 900 tons of road salt for $40,952. The county salt building stores about 1,000 tons.

When temperatures are below 16 degrees, salt is not as effective, Long said, so drivers should slow down.

Winter conditions contribute to increased crashes.

Four percent of winter crashes are due to snow and slushy pavement, while icy conditions cause an additional 3 percent of crashes, according to the federal Highway Administration.

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