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Rock Salt: What Would We Do Without It Right Now?

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If you’re like many people living in New Jersey, New York or throughout the Northeast, you likely don’t give much thought on an everyday basis to rock salt. That is, until the snow starts to fall, or like today, the roads become covered with slick and impassable ice.

Rock salt is the key to keeping roads free from ice and snow – a must have for this time of year. When the white stuff starts to fall, or we experience any type of icy precipitation, we don’t have the luxury of simply staying put to ride out the storm until it is not only over, but the roads are once again safe enough for travel. Rather, it us up to government agencies, municipalities, property owners, building managers and business owners to make sure that any surfaces that people must drive or walk on are free from ice and are safe for transport.

Major public roads aren’t the only surfaces that require treatment so that snow and ice can melt and cars can gain traction without skidding or sliding. Some complexes, such as industrial areas or multi-family housing developments, have private roads that require their own management of snow and ice removal. Stores, schools, hospitals and other commercial properties have parking lots that must not only be plowed to remove any build-up of snow, but also require the spreading of salt so that any underlying ice melts quickly to make passage safe, whether by wheel or by foot.

Another factor to consider is that sidewalks, steps, front stoops and entrance areas must remain clear and ice-free so that pedestrians don’t slip or fall as they continue to go about their daily activities, unstopped by the wintry weather that is […]

Winter Storm Watch for NJ and NY, Opening early for Rock Salt orders

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 We are opening early for Bulk Rock Salt orders. Call Tom 917-912-2900 for Rock Salt availabilty and pricing anytime after 7:30 AM, Tuesday or Wednesday Jan 6th and 7th. Atak Trucking will offer extended business hours prior to, and during the winter storm season.

Below is the recent winter storm watch report for the New Jersey and New York area.

 9:30 PM EST- Monday, January 5, 2009

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING
THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING…

A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WAS DEVELOPING FROM THE GREAT PLAINS
TO THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES THIS EVENING. THE LOW WILL PROGRESS TO
THE EAST AND IT SHOULD PULL A WARM FRONT TO THE NORTH AND TOWARD
OUR REGION ON TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT. AS THE PRIMARY LOW MOVES
INTO THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES REGION EARLY ON WEDNESDAY, A
SECONDARY LOW IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP ALONG THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC
COAST. BOTH LOWS ARE ANTICIPATED TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD, REACHING
ATLANTIC CANADA ON THURSDAY.

PRECIPITATION SHOULD BEGIN TO MOVE UP INTO EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
AND NORTHERN NEW JERSEY ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON. IT WILL LIKELY
START AS LIGHT SNOW BEFORE IT BECOMES STEADIER ON TUESDAY
EVENING. ON TUESDAY NIGHT, THE SNOW WILL MIX WITH SLEET, THEN
CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN. THE CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN SHOULD TAKE
PLACE GRADUALLY FROM SOUTH TO NORTH.

BY DAYBREAK ON WEDNESDAY, MUCH OF EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY WILL BE EXPERIENCING FREEZING RAIN.
TEMPERATURES ARE THEN FORECAST TO WARM ABOVE FREEZING ON WEDNESDAY
MORNING IN MUCH OF THE REGION. HOWEVER, POCKETS OF BELOW FREEZING
TEMPERATURES MAY LINGER INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN THE POCONOS
AND IN FAR NORTHERN NEW JERSEY.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS FROM LATE TUESDAY INTO TUESDAY NIGHT ARE
EXPECTED TO RANGE UP TO AN INCH OR TWO BEFORE THE CHANGE TO
FREEZING RAIN. HOWEVER, THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF EASTERN
PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHERN NEW JERSEY COULD RECEIVE UP TO 4 INCHES
OF SNOW.

WITH FREEZING […]

Rock Salt- Article about shortage

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Below is an interesting article which discusses the Rock Salt shortages expected for the 2009 winter. 
 

Road salt shortage, soaring prices vex states
Public works directors hope to make it through the winter
 
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – Dave Barber did the math. Now Peoria’s public works director is crossing his fingers and hoping his city has enough road salt to ride out the winter.

The central Illinois city recently paid almost $48 a ton to replenish its rock salt supply, an increase of 30 percent — or $500,000 — over last year. Even so, Barber feels fortunate.
Some towns are paying as much as $170 a ton as salt prices nationwide soar because of shipping problems and surging demand. Hoping for the best — but preparing for the worst — communities are making plans to stretch supplies by mixing salt with sand, brine or even beet juice.
“It’s a balancing act between money and quantity,” said Barber, who expects to mix the city’s salt supply with two parts of sand, effectively cutting the per-ton cost to about $23. “This year, the dollars are going to govern for us, and we’re going to try to live within the budget.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation contracted to buy 687,730 tons of salt at prices ranging from $55 to $140 a ton. Combined with the 172,000 tons left over from last winter, the department has slightly more than what it used last winter, Secretary Milton Sees said.
In New Hampshire, the state expects to pay $2 million to $3 million more than the $8 million it typically spends on salt. In North Dakota, the state transportation department, which paid about $1.6 million for 29,000 tons of road salt last year, said the price jumped from […]