Transportation committee maintains salt status quo
Last week we reported that as part of their 10-year, $8 billion transportation package, lawmakers on the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization had proposed a mandate to ODOT, and cities with a population of 160,000 or greater, to plow and salt roads when more than two inches of snow falls in a 12-hour period.
The mandate was a bold move in a state that has an antipathy towards road salt. That resolve was short lived, though, as the committee on Thursday changed course.
Committee members made a verbal agreement to replace the mandate to apply salt with a requirement that the state and cities have a snow removal plan.
A formal amendment should be made next week.