Storms put strain on Prince Edward Island salt supplies

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A City of Charlottetown plow clears the snow from Sydney Street.

The director of highway maintenance for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal says a succession of storms has put a strain on the province’s supply of highway salt but has not exhausted it.

“We’re running low, like every other province in Atlantic Canada, after being pounded by four storms in the last couple of weeks,” says Darren Chaisson.

Chaisson says the province is trying to conserve salt where possible but is also trying to truck more salt over from Pugwash, N.S. He said the situation has been aggravated by the fact that one of the conveyor belts in Pugwash broke last week so it takes longer for truckers to load and go than it usually does.

“They’re waiting five to six hours to load their trucks.”

As well, the facility will be closing for a couple of days at Christmas and again for a couple of days at New Year.

With all the Atlantic provinces in the same boat the demand for salt is high but Chaisson says the province will be receiving more.

“We’re doing our best for now. And we still have salt in stock.”

Organizations: Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: Pugwash, Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canada

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  • I am
    December 24, 2013 - 09:03

    I am in firm belief that there are a lot of highly paid incompetent people running things on this island.

  • rob
    December 24, 2013 - 06:05

    i would just like to see a plow,or atleast a sidewalk plow!!!

  • Piet Hein
    December 23, 2013 - 22:29

    Gee Jason and Upwester, with your vast knowledge you should be running the department of highways instead of being holed up in your mothers' basement posting very stupid comments. And I mean stupid.

    • Wow
      December 24, 2013 - 05:02

      Gee Peit Hein, how about instead of insulting them, you just explain how their comments are incorrect. You obviously feel that you have some knowledge that they do not about the article, yet you didn't share it, you only dove right into belittling them. It's insulting comments like yours that seem very stupid to me.

  • Jason
    December 23, 2013 - 16:25

    Some years you hardly use any and this year we are having a normal typical winter on PEI...??? What's the issue? Foresight, foresight people..thats why you make the big bucks eh! NEWSFLASH: We need salt for all winter. Doesnt make sense to islanders when we get some snow and then we seem to hear all about budgets and lack of this and that right off the bat????...?????

    • UPWESTER
      December 23, 2013 - 16:39

      Just drove from West Prince to S'Side and back and if there was any salt on those roads, I'll eat it and I am on a low sodium diet. This is just incompetence. The salt supply for the winter should already be on the Island,not sitting in Pugwash.These winter storms have been well advertised, did the Dept of Hwys. not get the memo?

    • Plumber
      December 23, 2013 - 17:05

      Jason can you read where in this story are they talking about budgets

    • An Islander
      December 23, 2013 - 19:53

      If you don't read the news then you wouldn't know out primary stock building was condemned last year, the new one is going up but unfortunately this year they are not able to stock pile as much as they used to in advanced due to no building to put it in, then when the time comes to stock up and your main supplier has supply problems, then you get an article like this one. The building is near finished, if not totally finished and the stock piling can begin, but once again, we can only store so much and only what suppliers can provide......personally I would rather the snow and ice on the roads instead, easier to drive on then the slush salt makes.