(CBS) — The forecasted snow is the last thing towns with busted budgets need. The long winter is forcing towns and villages to stretch their salt supplies.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports they’ve used 1600 ton more than usual this winter in Arlington Heights. What’s left must last until the end of the season, so emergency conservation measures they instituted last month when salt was dangerously low is now the norm.
“We switched to, on our secondary routes, salting of intersections only,” said Chris Papierniak, Assistant Director Public Works for Arlington Heights.
“We also have reduced salt use to make sure that it can last. In previous years we used to put 400 pounds per mile this year we went down to as low as 200 pounds per mile.
Municipalities across the Chicago area continue to take steps to stretch salt. In places like Homewood, Maywood, and Oak Park, they no longer salt side streets. Skokie stopped salting subdivisions. Naperville cut out salt on cul de sacs.