- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The harsh winter has prompted the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to urge its crews to conserve salt supplies.

The cabinet says it has less than 70,000 tons of salt on hand statewide. It says that amount tends to be more than enough for the rest of the season. But it wants to make sure each county has enough salt to handle any more snow or ice.

To level supplies, salt has been shifted among highway districts and the state’s emergency reserve has been tapped.

The cabinet has ordered more than 90,000 tons of salt, and shipments are expected in coming weeks.

This season, the cabinet has used more than 410,000 tons of salt, compared with 160,000 tons at this point in 2013.

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