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Lombard's road salt supply ‘in good shape’

Published: Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 10:31 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:48 p.m. CDT

LOMBARD – Despite heavy snowfall this Winter, the Lombard Public Works Department still has roughly 1,800 tons of road salt left in its reserve, according to Carl Goldsmith, director of Public Works.

The department has used 2,347 tons of salt, as of Wednesday, Goldsmith said.

“We’re in real good shape right now, and we have not had to use blends,” he said, referring to the method taken by other communities to blend sand into the salt to stretch the supply.

The department, which opened its new salt dome last year, was able to purchase salt this season at the best market price and store it in the reserve, Goldsmith said.

By the numbers

Here are snowfall statistics this season in Lombard as of Feb. 4:

31: Days of snow this season

40: Inches of snowfall

8.4: Hours in duration per snow event

19: Snow events requiring snow plowing crews to be dispatched

42: Snow events that required salting crews to be dispatched

2,347: Tons of salt used

91: Average tons of salt used per storm

1,800: tons of salt left in reserve

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