- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A busy winter weather season has the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet looking for ways to conserve salt used to clear roads of ice and snow.

WVLT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1jmqCqr ) crews have spread more than 300,000 tons of salt on Kentucky roads this winter. The state uses 200,000 to 250,000 tons of salt a year, on average.

With less than 150,000 tons available, engineers are finding ways to stretch current supplies. Crews will rely more on plowing and less on salt treatment.

Officials say salt shipments have slowed and new supplies are hard to find. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says the state must be careful to ensure supplies don’t run out.

The transportation cabinet says its priority is to treat the state highway system, including interstates, parkways and four-lane roads.

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