As Icy Roads Slow Travel, Some Maine Towns Are Running Low on Salt
It's only early-February and Central Maine has already experience a year's worth of winter weather, and experts say there's still a lot more to come.
With all this crazy winter weather, it has put a strain on Maine plow drivers and road crews. But in addition to the people, it has also put a huge strain on supplies- like road salt.
According to the Kennebec Journal, the majority of the salt we get here in Maine to treat our roads is sourced from Chile in South America. And now, due to shipping and sourcing delays, deliveries of the 'white gold' are falling behind.
Not all Maine towns are feeling the squeeze of limited supply however. Many Maine towns source and order their salt from other providers that have plenty of supply in reserve.
Dozens of Maine schools, cities and towns, rely on a supplier that has been selected through the Maine Division of Procurement Services, according to the KJ. That division is currently sourcing its salt orders from Morton and New England Salt Co. Both of those suppliers say they have plenty of salt in stock.
In the interim, towns like Winslow that are facing a shortage of salt are placing orders with suppliers that have a 24-hour turnaround on delivery, even though these other suppliers cost an average of $20 more per ton of salt ordered.
Maine officials are confident that they'll still be able to maintain safe road conditions despite shipping delays and material shortages.
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