Salt supply starting to dwindle for towns across the state

SOUTHBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — There is still a great deal of winter to get through and towns across the state are starting to see a dwindling supply of salt to treat the roads.

The salt shed in Southbury can hold 1,500 tons of salt at full capacity, but right now there’s only a quarter of that.

“As of this morning we have 400 tons in our inventory,” said Jim Sugden, acting director for public works in Southbury.

Many of the towns in Connecticut get their salt from the Gateway Terminal in New Haven. It’s brought in on a barge and from there loaded onto trucks for delivery. The issue for many towns is that they are having to use the salt more frequently due to the continuous amount of snow that’s fallen in recent weeks.

“We’ve had so many frequent storms back to back to replenishing our inventory takes time” said Southbury First Selectman Ed Edelson.

Southbury is expecting more deliveries of salt Wednesday, but with more snow in the forecast it’s expected to go out as fast as it came in. To make matters worse, many towns are already over budget when it comes to materials and overtime because of snow removal.

“It’s been exhausting, especially the last couple of weeks,” said Sugden. “Hopefully we will get a break in the weather pattern and things will change.”

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