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Monroeville's salt supply slowly being bolstered

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By Kyle Lawson
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

After watching the stockpile of road salt dwindle from 4,500 tons to 800 tons last week, Monroeville road crews are glad for a few days without snow and daily deliveries of salt.

An 800-ton delivery on Monday helped road crews breath a little easier in a winter that has seen communities in the region go through salt almost as quickly as it arrives.

“There's a delivery about every day, if they can,” Monroeville public-works director Mike Adams said Monday.

“Today, it was three trucks.”

Monroeville officials ordered an additional 2,000 tons from the municipality's West Elizabeth distributor.

The additional salt cost about $115,000, which Monroeville Council will cover by pulling money from the general fund's budget this month, interim manager Tim Little said.

With five weeks until spring, the region already surpassed the average snowfall for a season.

As of Monday, the Pittsburgh area has had 49.6 inches of snow. Typically by mid-February, 26.2 inches have fallen — and an average season has 41.9 inches of snow, the National Weather Service in Moon reports.

As of Tuesday morning, the weather forecast called for this week to be clear of precipitation until Friday.

A few days without snow — crews plowed and salted again on Sunday — could go a long way to help communities restock their salt supplies, Adams said.

“Everyone needs a little break, and they can probably get these orders filled.”

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

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