RIDOT expects new salt shipment to arrive Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is expecting a new shipment of salt to arrive on Friday, to help bolster the state’s heavily depleted supply.

The city of Providence recently ran out of road salt, before receiving sixty tons on loan from the city of New Bedford.

Late last week, Coventry and New Bedford each received 100 tons of salt, which should last about one more round of winter weather.

A nationwide salt shortage led to shrinking supplies across Southern New England. Somewhere between 5,000 and 15,000 tons of salt are used on local roads during a typical winter storm, while RIDOT had only 4,000 tons left in its storage shed as of last Friday.

It is unclear exactly how large the next salt shipment will be.

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