Low salt supplies hurting towns during Saturday snow - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Low salt supplies hurting towns during Saturday snow

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More winter weather means low salt supplies state wide for certain cities and towns, who are trying to stay ahead of the latest round of snow.

All day Saturday, Connecticut Department of Transportation crews have continued to help out on the local level to share thousands of tons of their salt supply.

There was a steady stream of local Department of Public Works crews going for salt deliveries in East Windsor. The town drivers that were going there said that they are thankful for the option because their supplies are very low or gone completely.

Vernon DPW driver, Mike Baran said, "Our salt is very low and the roads are not doing too well because of that."

The line for the road salt shortage is several trucks deep at the state DOT's satellite location in East Windsor. Crews will continue to work throughout the storm. Baran's day is far from over.

"I've had enough," said Baran.

More than a half dozen towns, including New Britain, are getting filled up at the East Windsor location with a share of the state's salt supply. There's 4,600 tons of salt inside the East Windsor shed.

New Britain DPW crews said that their salt supply ran out Friday. On Saturday, they already spread 200 tons of salt and were back at the East Windsor shed for more.

Reese Deschamps, New Britain DPW driver said, "It should be enough for this storm and some of next one."

State officials said that they have as much at 15 thousand tons of salt to assist cities and towns that are low or completely out. There are five other locations for crews to get salt.

According to state officials, they are holding off on their own salt deliveries to help out dozens of towns in need. Those towns are being charged $60 a ton.

State DOT crews aren't in any kind of danger of running out of their own supplies, plus they are getting additional deliveries on Monday or Tuesday.

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