Door County highway crews are going through road salt at a pretty good clip this winter -- ahead of the five year average.
Through January, County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says Door County has used 4,229 tons of road salt. That's about 9% ahead of the five year average of 3,888 tons.
Kolodziej says there have been no huge storms but lots of smaller weather events that have added up.
Kolodziej says the last few years the department has made more of a concerted effort to use salt brine to pre-treat roads before the snow starts.
Kolodziej says the numbers don't include the month of February, which he says has been "pretty busy." But he says the county should be in good shape in terms of having enough salt to last the rest of the winter.
"We usually buy enough salt looking at what has historically been a five year average and taking the worst case scenario," says Kolodziej. "At this stage of the game we have adequate salt in our inventory."
This comes on the heels of last year's unusually mild and practically snow-free winter, which Kolodziej says required the lowest salt usage in his 12 years of record-keeping.