Temperatures are cooler than normal for July but are still well above freezing as highway officials in Madison County begin to prepare for the upcoming winter season.  Earlier this month, the Madison County Board gave its approval to a bid for road salt according to Madison County Engineer Mark Gvillo. 

The county is one of the fortunate buyers having already secured a supply as some highway departments around the state are still waiting for an answer. Gvillo says last year’s hard winter drove up the cost of supplies this year:

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Gvillo says several smaller communities in Madison County were not included in that contract and are waiting to hear word on a second bid from the state submitted by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  As for what to expect this winter, Gvillo says he hasn’t heard any forecasts yet and recommends taking any that you do hear at this time of year “with a grain of salt”.

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