So Far, City Has Spared The Salt This Winter

CHICAGO (CBS) — City officials say they have been able to get by with spreading much less salt on streets this winter than last year, thanks to milder temperatures and less snow.

So far this winter, the city has spread 76,000 tons of salt on Chicago streets.

Last December and January that total was nearly double that amount: 144,000 tons.

Chicago Streets and Sanitation spokesman Matt Smith says less salt has been used this winter than the city spread during the entire Blizzard of 2011 a year ago.

But, Smith is not yet ready to claim a sort of victory.

“It’s like trying to hit a moving target,” he said. “You could say we’re doing well and weather-wise we have had better conditions than last year. But this is Chicago, you never know.”

The city says that last year in December and January, the city sent out salt spreaders and plows 17 times. This winter, during that same period, it’s been nine times.

As the city comes up the one-year anniversary of the Blizzard of 2011, Smith said, “in that one storm we used 86,000 tons of salt–more than we’ve used for the past two months combined.”

  • doug

    Remember that Accuweather prediction that some news media picked up on several weeks ago? It said this winter in Chicago could be as bad or worse than last winter. Run for your lives!

  • Marty

    Hey doug:winter isn’t over yet.

  • Joe Patroni

    Great, now the salt companies and suppliers will have an excuse to lay people off…they will just blame it on a “bad economy.”

  • ljm

    The snow we had 2 weeks ago, no salt trucks; no plows. It took people between 4-6 hours to get where they had to go, whether by vehicle or by bus; very unsafe. The city has all those resources and won’t use them. What a disgrace.

  • juju

    Great news. Not report some real news.

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