Hard sea­son for ice

Trans­porta­tion and Works de­nies report it’s low on salt, sand

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

It’s been a rough year for roads, with no­tice­able ice buildup in­creas­ing the need for salt and sand to re­duce slick­ness.

Though it could not pro­vide any ex­act fig­ures, the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Works con­firmed last week it has used more salt and sand on the Avalon Penin­sula so far this win­ter com­pared to the last one, cit­ing higher snow­fall amounts as a con­tribut­ing fac­tor.

How­ever, it de­nies there’s any con­cerns about de­pots run­ning out of ei­ther ma­te­rial, adding it’s quote com­mon for de­pots to or­der more salt and sand dur­ing the win­ter.

The topic came up at the Jan. 23 Car­bon­ear coun­cil meet­ing when the di­rec­tor of pub­lic works pre­sented his report. Brian O’Grady dis­cussed how the town re­cently picked up 1,600 tonnes of salt and sand and de­liv­ered it to the new de­pot prop­erty on Pike’s Lane.

So as a re­sult, it’s been a lit­tle bit of a dif­fi­cult win­ter on salt and sand. — Brian O’Grady

“With the un­usual con­di­tions with freeze-thaw this year, you know where we’re get­ting a lot of mild days and freez­ing at night, so we’re get­ting a lot of ice and what­not,” he told coun­cil mem­bers. “So as a re­sult, it’s been a lit­tle bit of a dif­fi­cult win­ter on salt and sand.”

He then noted when the salt and sand was picked up at a Trans­porta­tion and Works de­pot, town staff were told the de­pot was at risk of run­ning out.

“So I made haste to make sure we got ours. So but any­way, we’ll con­tinue to mon­i­tor the con­sump­tion, and I’ll report as we move for­ward,” said O’Grady.

Car­bon­ear mu­nic­i­pal work­ers used a new tan­dem truck to pick up the salt and sand. In years past, the town would pay for de­liv­ery at a typ­i­cal cost of al­most $13,000.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A heavy equip­ment op­er­a­tor in­spects one of the prov­ince’s salt trucks at the de­pot in St. John’s.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A hand­ful of salt used by gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles to make pro­vin­cial roads safer.

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