Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lit. Governor Nancy Wyman announced on Friday, February 14, a relief package prepared by the Connecticut Department of Transportation for all municipalities across the state facing road salt shortages.
On Thursday, February 13, Governor Malloy officially requested an emergency disaster declaration from President Barack Obama to address the municipal salt shortage after the state has tackled 12 snow and ice storms this winter season. The Emergency Operations Center reached out Thursday evening to all the municipalities to collect information on salt shortages. As of noon Friday, 121 municipalities responded to the survey with 22 requests for assistance.
For those municipalities that chose not to utilize the state contract and now have salt shortages, the DOT has developed an immediate, stop-gap plan to provide critical salt supplies. After assessing the current inventory of salt at DOT facilities and ensuring that there is sufficient salt to address the anticipated demand for salt on state highways, the DOT is offering the municipalities not using the state contract access to its remaining, though limited, salt inventories.
If municipal officials have any questions about how to access salt supplies, they should contact their Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) Regional Coordinator.