CBS 2’s Brad Edwards learned in this Original Report what your hometown pays may be a lot more than the one next door.
The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — in some cases, five times as expensive as last season.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another winter of colder temperatures and heavier snowfall than normal; and, accurate or not, after last year’s brutal winter, keeping road salt stocked is proving to be an expensive effort.
A study released today points a finger at road salt. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.
After the brutal temperatures and nearly 80 inches of snow, many of us would like to forget this past winter, but we could be dealing with its side effects for years to come.
The county loaned out 1,339 tons, about 2.8 percent of its salt supply this winter, according to Frank Shuftan, spokesman for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Woodstock police said 57-year-old Dale Behm, the city’s head of street maintenance, has been charged with felony theft after stealing one ton of road salt and two snowplow blades.
The stolen salt is valued at about $10,000, company officials said.
Road salt frequently can cause damage to cars by creating rust, although newer cars are much better protected against oxidation.
As historic amounts of snow continue to fall on Chicagoland, many towns are worried about a dwindling supply of salt to clear their roads. Town managers might want to dial up their friends up to the north.
With even more snow headed to the Chicago area on Tuesday, the continuous cleanup efforts have been creating problems for some towns and cities that are running low on road salt.
Road crews are working around the clock to make streets passable in Homewood, only this time, the village is “holding the salt” when it comes to Homewood’s side streets.
As we’ve been reporting, road crews have been using so many tons of salt this winter – their supplies are dwindling.
Although the city of Chicago has spent the vast majority of its budget for salting and plowing roads, because of an especially brutal winter, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said City Hall has the money to keep handling what Mother Nature throws our way.
Spokesman Dan Ferrelli said Aurora salt spreaders have been out 2 1/2 times more often this winter than the last two years combined at this point, so there’ll be changes to how Aurora trucks clear streets.
Ald. Roderick Sawyer says his ward’s five trucks have been limited to one load of salt a day, and they’re often sent to salt a higher priority: Lake Shore Drive. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.
It’s going to get progressively worse on Chicago area roads this afternoon and evening as the winter’s first snowstorm moves through, but the Illinois Department of Transportation said it’s ready to keep highways as clear as possible.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports one northwest suburb was using some new techniques to help drivers stay safe on the roads.
Where do you store 900 tons of road salt when all your storage space is already full? That’s a question officials in west suburban Montgomery will have to answer in the next couple months.
City officials want Chicagoans to know they are ready for snow, even if the snow isn’t yet ready to fall.