February 26, 2008

What a city to live in.

City Of Steubenville Runs Out Of Salt During Winter Storm

The city of Steubenville ran out of salt in the middle of a winter storm but the state came to the rescue.
The salt shortage led to the closings of two main connectors, but they are back open as of Friday morning. However, the predicted weather of ice and snow may lead to those two roads closing again Friday night.
The city is waiting on 1,200 tons of salt that it ordered this week, and the delivery may not come until Saturday.
Currently, city road crews are getting salt from the state Department of Transportation's garage in Wintersville.

The John Scott Highway connector and the Lovers Lane connector to Route 22 opened Friday morning after being shut down for about five hours overnight.

Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty said city leaders decided to close those roads in order to treat the rest of the city streets. He said those two roads take up a lot of salt.

Street Superintendent Joe DeSantis said the 1,200 tons of salt was order from Morton Salt in Cleveland, but the company said severe weather in Indiana and Wisconsin is using a lot of its supplies.

McCafferty said he can't remember if the closing of the two connectors has ever been done before, and that the city will pay back the state Department of Transportation for the salt they borrowed.


Tyrion said...

Toronto only bothers to clean the roads if school is on. IF school closes... they dont bother (except with the main drags... and even they are slicker than shit.)

Autrice DelDrago said...

I live off of Lovers Lane. John Scott and Lovers Lane connectors are both extremely steep; it would have taken a huge amount of salt. I didn't mind the connectors being closed at all. The rest of the roads were kept clear and the plows and salt trucks worked throughout the night.

We moved here from Colorado. In contrast (believe it or not) the happy campers in Colorado Springs would have shut down the entire city (driving would have gained you a ticket) and there would have been accidents all over the place. People in Ohio actually do handle road hazards better than all the California transplants in Colorado.

Danika said...

You write very well.