For Hempfield Township’s director of Public Works, this morning’s road salt supply numbers were scary.
The unrelenting winter weather has led to emergency declarations.
Two communities in Westmoreland County have imposed declarations of emergency, restricting travel on local roads and reducing posted speed limits.
The sunshine was a blessing Friday for those living out the battle of the salt.
More communities are reporting tight road salt supplies, and there’s still more than a month left before winter wraps up, at least according to the calendar.
It may look like Bethel Park has an abundant supply of salt heading into this latest winter storm, but the drain on the supply has been wide open lately.
The salt situation in Westmoreland County was dire last week.
It almost seemed like spring, even though temperatures hovered in the 20s.
Evey True Value hit the equivalent of the salt Powerball jackpot overnight.
Crews across the area are still cleaning up from the weekend snow and now, more snow is falling. However, the big problem is a salt shortage.
The prolonged cold and repeated bursts of snow are really doing a number on hardware supplies this winter.
It’s the only thing between us and gridlock each winter – salt. And most days, since Thanksgiving, road crews have been out there spreading.
The cold weather may be gone for now, but it’ll be back again – sooner rather than later since it’s not even mid-January.
A splash of beet juice, a dollop of molasses, a squeeze of cheese brine. In the coldest weather, the recipe for safer roads often goes beyond the usual sprinkling of salt.
PennDOT driver Frank Caruso is one of many road crews gearing up for the inclement weather expected to hit our region.