Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI

Feb 18, 2014

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it’s running low on road salt for the highways. The news comes as another winter storm is expected to hit the state.

Plows remove snow in downtown Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The department says it only has enough road salt for one more storm.  That’s because this winter has not only been harsher than others, but because it has swept across a broader swath of the country. Most states in the northeast get their salt from the same sources, and with wicked weather blanketing the region, the regular suppliers are getting tapped out.

RIDOT’s Joseph Baker said even though supplies are low, trucks will still be out in Rhode Island.

"We’re able to change our mix ratios of sand and salt, to kind of extend how far the salt can reach.  Trying to conserve the salt, and putting ourselves on a low sodium diet basically," said Baker.

RIDOT says it may be able to secure more salt later this week, meanwhile more snow is predicted for the state in the coming days.

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