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NJ transportation officials say road salt is tight

2-14-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey transportation officials say they’re working to replenish road salt supplies in the wake of several winter storms.

Department of Transportation Spokesman Joe Dee says they have enough salt for one or two more storms, but don’t want to keep dipping into already tight supplies.

Dee says a shipment of 40,000 tons of salt from a supplier is in a port in Maine, where it’s been delayed by a federal maritime law that prevents foreign vessels from moving cargo between U.S. ports.

The salt is being moved in smaller shipments on U.S.-flagged barges.

Dee says the state has used more than 370,000 tons of salt as of Feb. 11, before Thursday’s storm.

That compares to 258,000 tons of salt used all of last winter.