Many towns running out of salt for the roads

STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Salt is a hot commodity in this cold weather and as many towns are running out of it. News 8’s Tina Detelj talks with Stonington crews about how they are dealing with the upcoming snow storm.

So far this season, Stonington crews have spread 18-hundred tons of salt. This total is five hundred tons over what the shoreline town usually uses, because this winter has been anything but normal.

“Two or three storms we’re at a critical state and as you can see we’re at… we can handle maybe the next storm with tomorrow’s delivery but after that we’re going to need additional salt,” said Lou DiCesare, Stonington Public Works.

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This room was filled with salt at the beginning of this season and now it is almost all gone

The lack of salt is a challenge facing many cities and towns. The public works director in New London tells News 8 that the only sand it has is that which is in the trucks right now. There is another delivery on order, but it is not enough if another storm strikes.

Apparently the supplier has enough salt, but does not have enough trucks to get it to all the towns which need it now.

Stonington sent some trucks to pick up its own orders.

“I wasn’t sure they were going to get it here so I tried to control our own destiny a little bit,” said DiCesare.

They still have another 400 tons of salt on back order. The one good thing is that these towns have contracts with the supplier and set prices for the season, so the cost does not go up with the demand. However, there is no doubt that this high demand will still cost cities and towns more than they budgeted.

“We’re over budget right now and we’re basically keeping tally on what it’s going to be,” said First Selectman Ed Haberek.

Unfortunately, after the snow is cleared, everything freezes up and they have to spread more salt again.

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