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State Delivers Tons Of Needed Salt To Fairfield County Towns

Towns and cities mix sand in with salt to add traction and to make the salt last longer.
Towns and cities mix sand in with salt to add traction and to make the salt last longer. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The state Department of Transportation has distributed nearly 5,000 tons of desperately needed salt to 42 Connecticut cities and towns -- including Danbury, Redding and Weston -- to replenish diminishing local supplies caused by an unusually harsh winter, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday.

Last Friday, Malloy announced a plan to address shortages and provide immediate assistance with stop-gap supplies of salt to municipalities across the state to keep roads clear and to safeguard against icy conditions.

“Our municipalities have turned to us for help and ConnDOT has done a great job of stepping up and getting salt to the cities and towns that were facing shortages,” said Malloy. “These non-stop storms have put a severe strain on local supplies and budgets, but we are committed to working together to get through this and keep every mile of roadway safe and passable.”

As of Tuesday morning, ConnDOT had distributed 4,851 tons of salt to cities and towns under a system set up late last week when municipal road salt stores began dwindling even as a nor'easter dumped more than a foot of snow on the area. Deliveries are continuing and will eventually total more than 5,000 tons.

“Despite the difficult winter, ConnDOT has never been short on salt. Our stockpiles have been lower than in the past but certainly not to a point where we have had to restrict our application rates,” said ConnDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “We are receiving another shipment of salt today and continue to be in a good position for the remainder of the winter season.”

ConnDOT has adequate supplies of road salt, with an additional 45,000 tons of salt to be delivered this weekend to the Port of New Haven by International Salt. International Salt is controlling its supply to ensure that ConnDOT and municipalities have adequate levels to handle the season’s snowstorm activity.

The following list includes the 42 municipalities and amount of road salt each received:

  • Danbury: 200
  • Redding: 100
  • Weston: 65
  • Monroe: 97
  • Branford: 101
  • North Haven: 100
  • Bethany: 101
  • Haddam: 103
  • Meriden: 200
  • Berlin: 179
  • Canton: 174
  • East Haddam: 95
  • Marlborough: 100
  • Burlington: 100
  • East Hartford: 400
  • New Britain: 200
  • Somers: 100
  • Suffield: 100
  • Avon: 99
  • Farmington: 100
  • Granby: 60
  • Wethersfield: 100
  • Vernon: 70
  • East Granby: 100
  • Hartford: 200
  • Bloomfield: 25
  • Mansfield: 50
  • Bozrah: 48
  • Thompson: 94
  • Colchester: 80
  • New London: 200
  • Mashantucket Tribal Nation: 100
  • Litchfield: 100
  • Torrington: 57
  • Washington: 100
  • Winsted: 99
  • Wolcott: 100
  • Beacon Falls: 100
  • Middlebury: 100
  • Sharon: 54
  • Roxbury: 100

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