We’re barely a month into winter — officially, anyway — and already the Village of Plainfield has used 2,000 tons of salt to keep local roads passable.
That’s half the amount that is typically used during an entire winter, according to Director of Public Works Allen Persons.
At $59 per ton, that adds up to $118,000 worth of salt.
So far, this winter has been rough. The storm that began on Dec. 31 and lasted until Jan. 2 left more than six inches of snow in Plainfield, and was followed almost immediately by another storm on Jan. 4. The frigid temperatures the following week also didn’t help, with the wind chill reaching -45 degrees and creating icy roadways for several days.
Then, on Saturday, the village got hit with about 2-1/2 more inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
With about two months of winter left, Persons said he doesn’t anticipate any shortage issues.
“We have been receiving some deliveries, and there is no salt shortage on our end,” he said. “We have about 3,000 tons in storage … so we’re in pretty good shape.”