NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A mid-winter feel on a mid-fall day. Many of you sending foliage covered in white after the first snow of the season for much of Connecticut. It left many people surprised and puzzled, but were the towns around our state ready?
“Everything is ready to go here, right behind me and out in front of us with salt. We were fortunate enough not to have to act on it, but we were prepared.” Noted Craig Cesare, Hamden Public Works Director. “You see our plows, all stored along this wall here; these are ready to go at a moment’s notice. Everything is all organized by truck, by route. So we’ll come in, we have a crew that will assemble quickly and get each plow out one at a time, at a pretty rapid pace if we needed to get them out quick.”
Quick is especially important when winter weather brings with it the threat for icy roads as well. Thanks to an ongoing project wrapping up in Hamden, a salt shortage is now a thing of the past thanks to a project about to be finished for a new salt silo in Hamden.
“This is now to hold all of our treated salt; the capacity almost allows us to quadruple our storage from what we had in the past. We’re able to buy salt at a discounted rate because we’re buying it off-season; this will allow us to be fully stocked prior to any snow.” said Cesare
And a discounted rate on salt ultimately frees up money to repair the inevitable potholes when next spring rolls around in 143 days.