La Grange to start conserving road salt

As more snow approaches the Chicago area this weekend, La Grange snow crews are taking steps to conserve the village's dwindling salt supply.

During the next storm, the Public Works Department will reduce the amount of salt it applies to residential roads, salting only the intersections, a Village of La Grange news release states. Salt will be applied as usual on arterial and secondary streets, according to the release.

"The 2013-2014 winter has been remarkable in terms of both frequency and severity of winter storm events," the release states. Crews have responded to 34 winter events this winter, as more than 50 inches of snow has fallen – more than double the average, according to the release.

The village used nearly all of its annual allotment of about 1,900 tons of salt and a shortage in the Midwest makes getting more uncertain, the release states. The village has a reserve of about 700 tons left over from last year. If storms keep coming, crews could start mixing sand with the remaining supply to make it go further, according to the release. | Twitter: @wesventeicher

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