City departments were preparing for winter after salt was delivered to southeast Connecticut this past week.
Bulldozers pushed tons of Egyptian mined salt into a pile at the State Pier in New London. The 49,000 metric tons of salt from Egypt arrived last week in this cargo ship.
Crews were working around the clock to make sure towns and municipalities have enough for the season.
"The State needed this. The private contractors, the municipalities needed it and I think it’s a plus for everybody,” Dave D'Addio, who is the operations manager at DRVN Enterprises, said.
Waterford purchased 1,200 tons of salt and crews were quickly building a new shed to protect the natural de-icer.
First Selectman Dan Steward said having a supply this close saves town's money in their snow budget because they don't have to pay for long haul shipping costs.
"If we have to go to New Haven and get it or New Haven has to bring it here,” Steward said. “Obviously it’s an expense to do that."
With salt on hand and plows prepped for the season town leaders said their snow budget is in place, depending on what mother nature delivers this winter.
"We'll find what we need to make it work because ultimately the roads have to be clear,” Steward said.
The budget by the way is $200,000 for material and $100,000 for labor. And they get that by averaging out the past five seasons.
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