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Transportation committee maintains salt status quo

Committee working on the transportation package has made a change when it comes to road salt.

COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - 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.