EUGENE, Ore. - Tuesday ODOT crews in Lane County announced they will start using salt to keep roads safe during the winter.
Traditionally, crews only used deicer and gravel.
They said they plan to use salt on the I-5 corridor when conditions are right and their other methods fail.
Officials said they can't stress enough that they'll only use salt when they need it.
"We're taking out time to make sure we get the right product, the right application rates, and the right environmental factors to utilize the salt," said Kevin Finch, an ODOT Spokesperson. "We've been running this program for, I think, the last three or four years, in other areas of the state and we're just catching up."
ODOT said it has 25-thousand pounds of salt stored in a climate controlled facility at their Henderson Avenue facility.
Finch said they will use the same methods of distributing gravel for distributing the salt.