Salt shortage means dangerous side streets; residents worried about safety

On Ideal Court in Nutley, the culdesac does not get plowed right away. (2/4/14)

NUTLEY - Several municipalities in the Garden State say they have a shortage of salt, which could mean big issues on the roads.

Many cities have already hit their snow-removal budget for the year, and are adding sand to the salt mixture to make it last longer.

But others, like the towns of Norwood and Maywood say they simply won't be able to salt the secondary streets, and will only be able to coat the primary ones.

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On Ideal Court in Nutley, the culdesac where Tom Halturewizc has lived the past 20 years does not get plowed right away. He says it's usually one of the last side streets to get snow removed, and he feels that's because it is a culdesac.

He says he got stuck trying to get home during Monday's storm. "If we get a big storm, it will just be worse and I won't be able to come home tomorrow night either."

Residents from across the state tell News 12 New Jersey they are in a similar situation and that their streets don't get enough attention when it snows.

Halturewizc is concerned that emergency service vehicles will not be able to get to his neighborhood, especially since one of his neighbors is a dialysis patient.

 

 

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