WENY News - Chemung County Highway Dept. faces salt shortage for winter stor

Chemung County Highway Dept. faces salt shortage for winter storms

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) -- If you were out on the roads on Wednesday, you know they weren't in very good shape. But you may want to think twice about going out with less salt on the roads.

"First order of the year, no problem," said Chemung County Public Works Commissioner, Andy Avery. "We got our salt delivery from our supplier. Since then, it's really trickled in. We have put in, here at the county,  we've put in orders for fifteen hundred tons. We've hardly got any of that."

Highway agencies across the region are in short supply of salt, due to regional suppliers rationing what they have. So what the Chemung County Highway Department is making sure they will be salting after it stops snowing. They say they've given priorities to bridges, steep hills, intersections, school and hospital zones and roads with a lot a traffic. But in the event of a back to back storm, the county has a backup plan. 

"We've got great partners in the state DOT right across the street from us," said Avery. "They'll back us up if we're running low on salt."

Avery says the roads are passable, but people still need to be careful.

"The main thing is, if there's a lot of snow out there, drive if you have to," said Avery. "Drive carefully. Remember that four wheel drive is great for traction, but it doesn't make your breaks work any faster. So slow down and give yourself some extra space in front of you and behind you if you can. Also, leave a little earlier."

For more tips on how you can better prepare yourself for driving in the winter, you can visit: http://www.chemungcounty.com/news_detail_T16_R184.php.

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