AMHERST, NY - Trucks all over Western New York were out laying down salt Thursday night, keeping the roads from getting too slick. This year, it's gotten more expensive than ever.
The price of salt skyrocketed because, we are told, expenses at the salt mines went up and those costs were passed on to customers.
One example: the price for the Amherst Highway Department went up about $10 per ton, which worked out to be a $200,000 increase for the season.
Joseph Speth, of the Amherst Highway Department, said, "We're responsible for the health and safety of the citizens of the Town of Amherst so we're not going to skimp just because the price went up. We have to make sure the roads are safe."