Was Thursday’s snowstorm winter’s last hurrah? Montgomery County communities running low on road salt sure hope so.
“Right now, we’re at critical stages with salt,” said Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, who oversees the public works department.
Kirkpatrick says the problem with salt is not a lack of supply but rather a problem with distribution, so commercial haulers will work around-the-clock for the next week or so to get extra supplies into the state.
A barge carrying much-needed road salt has arrived in New Jersey as another winter storm approaches.
City councilman Jim Kenney has a long list of concerns about how the Streets Department uses salt during snowstorms. Topping the list is whether road salt poses serious health hazards to dogs or small children.
“We are in a crisis here,” says Mary Davis of Davis Feed Mill, in Rushland (Bucks County), Pa. Her company sells salt in bulk but has had to institute rationing.
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Streets commissioner Clarena Tolson asked council to approve spending an extra $1.9 million for road salt. She says the current supply — about 12-thousand tons — is enough only to cover one more major storm.
We’ve been riding on top of salt and brine for weeks now, and if you haven’t washed your car regularly you could be facing major damage down the line.
Another winter storm means more salt on the roads — salt that will ultimately wash into the area’s waterways.