Storms strain Island salt supplies

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The director of highway maintenance for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says a succession of storms has put a strain on the province’s supply of highway salt but has not exhausted it.

A City of Charlottetown plow clears the snow from Sydney Street.

“We’re running low, like every other province in Atlantic Canada, after being pounded by four storms in the last couple of weeks,” says Darren Chaisson.

Chaisson says the province is trying to conserve salt where possible but is also trying to truck more salt over from Pugwash, N.S. He said the situation has been aggravated by the fact that one of the conveyor belts in Pugwash broke last week so it takes longer for truckers to load and go than it usually does.

“They’re waiting five to six hours to load their trucks.”

As well, the facility will be closing for a couple of days at Christmas and again for a couple of days at New Year.

With all the Atlantic provinces in the same boat the demand for salt is high but Chaisson says the province will be receiving more.

“We’re doing our best for now. And we still have salt in stock.”

Geographic location: Pugwash, Atlantic Canada

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  • richard
    December 24, 2013 - 10:24

    must have been a strain on the plow supply too, hardly seen one yet!

  • jon
    December 24, 2013 - 07:47

    You dont need salt to plow roads!