Salt Shortage Not Hitting Columbia

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COLUMBIA - City of Columbia Public Works said Thursday, its not experiencing a shortage in salt. During last weekends ice storm, Columbia Public Works used about 1,200 tons of salt.

Teresa White, marketing specialist for Columbia Public Works Department, said the city bought 5,000 tons of salt for the year. Columbia Public Works doesn't know yet how much salt was used during this past weeks snow storm, however, White says the department has more than enough salt in the event of another winter storm.

Although Columbia Public Works is not impacted by the salt shortage, they are stretching the supply by mixing the salt with cinders and calcium chloride liquid. White says, the salt/cinder mixture helps with traction on the roads, and the salt/calcium chloride liquid mixture helps melt the ice and snow.

The roadways have caused problems for some drivers, but White said crews have constantly been out on the roads and report 98 percent of residential and main roadways are cleared and passable.

Other city departments including Parks and Recreation, Sewer and Solid Waste, and Water and Light also pitched in to help city roads.