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2/11/2014 8:35:00 PM
Winter leaves towns with a dash of salt
PLOWING AND SALTING have been working to keep the cityís streets passable, and the city crew has been hauling away oversized piles of snow that block driverís views of oncoming traffic. As the winter wears on, the cityís supply of road salt is dwindling.
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PLOWING AND SALTING have been working to keep the cityís streets passable, and the city crew has been hauling away oversized piles of snow that block driverís views of oncoming traffic. As the winter wears on, the cityís supply of road salt is dwindling.
Marney Simon
Staff writer

The winter that won't quit has meant a lot of challenges for man and beast.

As most of the country continues to battle the bitter elements of winter 2014, folks have had to make one adjustment after another, from warmer layers to higher heating bills to scrapping any plans for outdoor winter activities. And as the freeze drags on, it seems that Old Man Winter has now prescribed a low-salt diet to local towns, as the ready-to-go salt piles of just two months ago are dwindling, with 40 days of winter still on the horizon.

In December, towns had to dig into their salt piles earlier than they had in years past. But at the time, it was less of an issue, as mild winters from the past few years had left local salt domes ready and waiting for the winter weather.

But even with plenty in the shed, the endless battering of the area - including snowfall on each of the past five Saturdays in a row - the effort to plow and salt was fluid.

For the cities of the Free Press coverage area, winter is leaving its mark on salt supplies.

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"Salt is scarce," said Public Works Supervisor Gary VanDuyne. "It's scarce wherever you go."

VanDuyne said that in Wilmington, rationing has meant in some places, not only waiting until the temperatures warm up, but then addressing intersections or busier areas before lesser traveled roads.

Wilmington has a plan for keeping the streets clear - read about it in the Feb. 12, 2014 print and online editions of The Free Press Advocate.



Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: DQ

On another thought what happened to the park district or the city from cleaning the sidewalks going over river and mill race my wife has been having to walk in the street to go back and forth to work as well as parrents walking there children to and from stores or Drs..isn't safty of citizens walking as important as the streets for drivers

Thank you
Dan




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