Local towns, cities receive road salt from state

New London, Colchester and Bozrah were among 42 cities and towns to receive road salt from the state to replenish diminishing supplies caused by an unusually harsh winter season.

On Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced a relief package, prepared by the state Department of Transportation, to address the salt shortages and provide immediate assistance with stop-gap supplies of salt to municipalities and tribal nations across the state.

New London received 200 tons of salt, Colchester 80, Bozrah 48 and the Manshantucket Pequot Tribal Nation 100 tons.

As of Tuesday morning, DOT had distributed 4,851 tons of salt under a system set up late last week. Deliveries were expected to continue Tuesday. In all, the state will distribute 5,000 tons of salt.

“Despite the difficult winter, ConnDOT has never been short on salt. Our stockpiles have been lower than in the past but certainly not to a point where we have had to restrict our application rates,” DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said in a prepared statement.

“We are receiving another shipment of salt today (Tuesday) and continue to be in a good position for the remainder of the winter season.”

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