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State Announces Help For Towns Whose Road Salt Has Run Out

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James Redeker (Courtesy CT-N)

James Redeker (Courtesy CT-N)

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HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) -- The state’s continued pounding by winter storms has depleted road salt supplies in a number of municipalities around Connecticut. With a shipment of 45,000 tons of road salt arriving in New Haven Friday, and another shipment due next week, the state of Connecticut is is moving to help cities and towns which are running out.

Governor Malloy told a noontime briefing at the Emergency Operations Center the state will have enough for four storms,  and will share its current supply with  88 towns which are part of the state’s contract.

Transportation Commissioner James Redekker says the state will also help towns which are not under the contract with their emergency needs. So far at least 22 towns have requested assistance.  Towns not covered under that contract will be able to get emergency salt through the state Department of Transportation.

Thursday the state requested an emergency disaster declaration,  which will allow heavier trucks carrying the salt to travel on the highways.

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