Salt shortage hits private contractors hard - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Salt shortage hits private contractors hard

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

While the state and municipal salt sheds were being refilled, smaller contractors, who plow the courts, hospitals and other areas, told Eyewitness News their supply is exhausted and they need help.

Contractors were busy Wednesday removing tons of snow from a shopping plaza in Norwich and putting down the last bit of their salt supply.

All they have now for the rest of this winter season is sand.

"My customers are stuck with sand, and they're not happy about it," said Stephen Terletzky, who is a snow plow contractor. 

Terletzky said he's got all the right equipment to move snow, but he and many contractors can't get their hands on salt to melt it.

Their suppliers such as Allied, which is one of the state's largest contractors, is completely out of salt.

"There's Providence, the one we usually use, and New Haven, both of them are saying that what stock they have is being reserved for the state and municipalities," Terletzky said.

Allied Snow Removal has contracts with the state to remove and plow snow as well as salt and sand parking areas and walkways for the courts, group homes, medical centers and shopping centers.

"We call every day and supposedly there is salt coming in, but it's reserved for the state and municipalities, who I hear on the news have plenty anyway," said Rick Whittle with Allied Snow Removal.

Eyewitness News asked Gov. Dannel P. Malloy if there is a solution for the contractors. Malloy said they've assisted 50 communities so far in restoring their salt supplies.

"We have an obligation to keep the highways safe and we're doing that," Malloy said. "We did make a decision to make our salt available to municipalities understanding they had middle men that perhaps may be the problem with some of the contractors. I'll look into it."

With five weeks left of winter and the warm-up starting, contractors don't know if they want to spend thousands of dollars on salt supplies.

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