Jersey City, municipalities struggle with lack of salt for frozen roadways

Jersey City placed the order for more salt more than two weeks ago. Fulop says shipments usually arrive after two or three days after ordering.

Jersey City placed the order for more salt more than two weeks ago. Fulop says shipments usually arrive after two or three days after ordering. (2/16/14)

JERSEY CITY - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is encouraging residents to stay off city roadways, claiming that a salt shortage has left secondary streets frozen.

“We're suffering what every north Jersey municipality is suffering, which is a tremendous amount of snow and a salt shortage in the region,” said Fulop. “[Snow has] frozen over and made roads very difficult to navigate."

The mayor says crews are doing what they can with sand and liquid brine, while moving massive amounts of snow into empty lots.  

Fulop says a supplier could deliver 250 tons of rock salt Monday. He says 800 tons is used during any typical snowstorm.

Jersey City placed the order for more salt more than two weeks ago. Fulop says shipments usually arrive after two or three days after ordering.

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