Road Salt Shortage Could Cause Icy Roads

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Roads in much of the country could be a bit more slippery than usual this winter.

Communities are facing a shortage of road salt, and skyrocketing salt prices.

Last year, heavy snow brought a higher demand for salt. And now, many towns can't find enough of it.

The shortage could force many cities to salt fewer roads, increasing the risk of accidents. Other communities will be switching to less-expensive sand, or a blend of sand and salt, which is not as effective as salt itself.

The salt industry says increased demand and higher fuel costs get the blame. But some officials insist salt prices have spiked more dramatically than fuel costs and they wonder what's really driving the increase.