Road salt prices going up

Created: 03/11/2014 7:17 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

News10NBC is looking into how crews are getting ready for the storm. This has been a winter where it feels like we get hit again and again with snow. Add to that, weeks of cold air.

The harsh winter has certainly had an impact on the salt supply and the people who keep the roads and sidewalks clear.

Jim Pandina owns Jim Pandina Enterprises. He is an independent snow plow operator and has both commercial and residential clients. Pandina says he has been busy this winter. It will probably end up being an average winter in terms of snowfall numbers. But he says salt prices have skyrocketed, going up almost 100 percent since the beginning of the season. Now he says it’s tough to get salt. Still he pushes on. Tuesday's nice weather has given him the opportunity to get ready for Wednesday and another couple of busy days.

Jim Pandina, snow plow operator, said, “Making sure the trucks have salt in the hopper, the ice melt for the sidewalks, make sure the snow blowers start up for the heavier snows, making sure the trucks have everything they need, washer fluid and gas in them, just the typical road trip ready preparedness for every trip basically.”

The good news, despite all this, Rochester, along with the towns and villages in our area, are doing okay with salt.

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