By Brad Segall
ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) – Was Thursday’s snowstorm winter’s last hurrah? Montgomery County communities running low on road salt sure hope so.
Looking back, this winter was one where road crews didn’t do much plowing, but did drop a lot of salt in an effort to keep suburban roads passable for drivers. That’s taken a real toll on the public works budgets for many communities where officials say they had enough salt on hand to get through this latest storm. But what happens down the road?
“We have orders in to get more,” says Abington Public Works Director Ed Micciolo. “Apparently there is a ship supposedly down at Morton Salt, so we should be able to get more salt if it’s necessary.”
He says they have another 1,200 tons on order just in case and the depleted salt supply in Abington did not change the way his men handled our most recent storm.
Lower Merion Public Works Director Don Cannon says he has 2,000 tons on back order:
“Well that depends on our suppliers. They say their salt barges have come in and they’re just in the process of unloading the barges and we should begin regular deliveries starting next week.”
He says all that salt will cover another five or six storms.