States and towns try to replenish salt supplies

February 15, 2014 6:35:17 AM PST
Some towns in the Tri-state area are getting restocked with road salt after many have reported running low due to the winter storms.

In Connecticut, 30,000 tons of salt arrived Friday for the State Department of Transportation.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a plan to keep cities and towns in salt and roads and highways safe, after officials in 22 towns said they were running low.

To meet the demand, Malloy said, the DOT would make some of its next deliveries of road salt available to local communities.

The state has requested an emergency disaster declaration from President Obama to address potential road salt shortages.

DOT Commissioner James Redeker said the state has about 25,000 to 30,000 tons on hand and typically uses about 15,000 to 20,000 tons per storm.

In New Jersey, transportation officials are also trying to replenish road salt supplies.

A shipment of 40,000 tons of salt from a supplier is now in a port in Maine, where it's been delayed by a federal maritime law that prevents foreign vessels from moving cargo between U.S. ports.

It's being moved in smaller shipments on barges.

The state has used more than 370,000 tons of salt as of Feb. 11th.

That's compared to last winter when New Jersey used 258,000 tons.