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Area Governments Starting To Run Short Of Road Salt

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:33:05 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

Municipalities and County Highway Departments throughout central Illinois are running low on road salt because of the repeated snowfalls. Wayne Aldrich, the Public Works Director for the Town of Normal says Normal has enough salt left for two or three more snow events.

"A lot of us are in the same sort of predicament. We always get plenty of salt for the year, but this has been an exceptional year. Typically we plan for 13 or 14 storm events and I think we're up to 19 at this point, expecting two more yet this week."

Aldrich says the town has ordered another thousand tons. He says the state depot on the Illinois River is running short as well and is only dispensing salt to contracted agencies such as Normal on an as-needed basis. Aldrich says another barge load delivery is expected soon. Aldrich says the last two years have been below average for salt and overtime pay expense. But, with usage this year running two thirds above average, the town will have to go into reserves.

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