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Friday, February 14, 2014

Westport Going Easy on the Salt

By James Lomuscio

A tough winter has made road salt a rare commodity, causing Westport’s Department of Public Works (DPW) to ration it to get through the next storm predicted to dump three to four inches of snow Saturday, Steve Edwards, director, said today.

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Westport DPW workers prepared for a storm two months ago. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“Essentially we’re very low on salt, and we had to limit our use last night,” Edwards said. “That’s why you’ll still notice some areas where it is not as spotless out there. We’re rationing it.”

According to Edwards, his department put down 300 tons of salt Thursday, less than what would have been preferred. That is becuase the DPW only has 350 tons left, and restocking proves difficult.

“The governor has put out a statement that the state is out of salt, so we’re having a tough time finding (it),” he said.

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