Salt supplies low; prices continue to climb

BUFFALO N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s no surprise that demand is high for road salt this winter. Now some towns are starting to stretch their supply.

Erie County Highway Department buys from companies like Gernatt Asphalt that mix sand and salt to stretch the supply though the winter.

Gernatt produces a sand and salt mix, and supplies Western New York municipalities. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, so far this season their salt supply is doing fine.

“If there’s one good thing about having it been so cold is lately you cannot put salt down and have it be affective since it’s basically below 17 degrees,” Poloncarz said. “I feel comfortable about the position we have for road salt.”

Across the country salt prices are up because demand is high. Jeff Gier, from Gernatt, said it’s the residual effect from last year’s harsh winter.

“I think it’s a holdover from last year what I’m gathering,” Gier said. “There’s a lot of salt used last year and a lot of salt used this year in the last month or two.”

The product Jeff’s company produces provides drivers with more traction on the roads during snow storms without using as much salt. Not only does the salt sand mix save money it also saves your car.

“The sand won’t rot your car out as fast as the salt will,” said Gier. “It might make it dirty but it won’t rot it out so the sand gives you a lot better traction.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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