TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Break out the salt — after a mild 2011-12, winter arrives

Aaron Loughner | For The Times Express
Monroeville Public Works Crews were hard at work over the weekend making sure the municipalities roads were clean and safe. Jimmy Kitchen operates the front loader, dumping salt into the trucks.

About Kyle Lawson
Picture Kyle Lawson 412.856.7400 x8755
Staff Reporter
Times Express


By Kyle Lawson

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Last week, road crews in Monroeville finally were able to put a dent in the surplus of salt piled at the public works storage facility on Starr Drive.

Workers spread about 500 tons of salt on Monroeville roads Dec. 26 and 27, as nearly 6 inches of snow and ice accumulated in the area.

Monroeville public works director Mike Adams estimated 800 tons were used so far this winter, as of Friday.

Adams said he placed a salt order for 2013 that is 2,000 tons lighter than last year's order. Because of how mild last winter was, Monroeville and many other communities in the region were left with a surplus at the end of the season.

“We didn't have much of a winter,” Adams said. “(The dome) is the fullest it's ever been.”

The dome holds an estimated 4,750 tons, and the rest is stored outside, he said. Monroeville buys its road salt from Minneapolis-based Cargill Salt through a joint-purchasing agreement led by the South Hills Area Council of Governments.

The contract requires communities to set an annual estimated usage amount. Communities are required to buy at least 80 percent of that amount for winter.

Last year, Monroeville bought 6,400 tons of the 8,000 it expected to use. This year, the municipality estimated it would need 6,000 tons, so it is committed to buying at least 4,800 tons from Cargill.

The cost has increased from $53.83 per ton in 2011-12 to $57.04 per ton in 2012-13, which still was the lowest bid received, Adams said.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Switch in pairings helps Penguins defensemen find groove in Game 3
  2. Penguins insider: Malkin found confidence in Game 3
  3. Blue Jackets notebook: Columbus wants another crack at playing with lead
  4. Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett wants candidate Wolf to release tax records
  5. Preview of Wednesday’s Reds-Pirates game
  6. Precautions lack year since fatal blast at plant
  7. Texas company offers investment in millions to upgrade Everson plant
  8. LaBar: Did WWE referee know finish to Undertaker match?
  9. Kovacevic: No science to solving power play
  10. White Oak residents can sign up through borough police for county’s new registry
  11. Penguins notebook: Gibbons skates, status for Game 4 still unclear
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.