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What does ‘Salt City’ do with excess salt in the winter? Syracuse DPW explains

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse is typically known for getting a lot of snow in the winter, and with that comes tons of rock salt for the roads.

However, in recent years the “Salt City” hasn’t been getting as much snow, leaving plenty of salt for Syracuse’s Department of Public Works (DPW) to disperse.

On average, the City of Syracuse sees about 30,000 tons of rock salt each winter that the city uses in its pre-treatment process which entails salting by spreading rock salt on roads in anticipation of and/or under certain weather conditions.

This year, the City of Syracuse bought more supplies than normal last year to prepare for the winter. However, on a snowy, cold and not-so-severe night in January, the DPW has excess salt that’s not being used.

Those resources are still plenty and include new workers, plows and salt of course. To help disperse all this salt, the DPW makes sure it doesn’t go to waste by helping other municipalities in Central New York that might get more snow than “Salt City.”

“We’ve got trucks operating. The fleet is paying off. We’ve got drivers ready to clear the snow. We’ve been really pleased,” said Corey Driscoll Dunham, chief operating officer for the city of Syracuse. “We’re in touch with the state. If there is ever a situation where they need some help or we need some help, there are open channels of dialogue between us and New York State and their DOT.”

Although the City doesn’t often get called to help, Dunham says they are willing and able to do so.

“We don’t often get called on to help but we are ready and willing whether it be the county, state municipality further down the Thruway, we are always ready to help,” said Dunham.

Dunham also said that city residents should follow the city’s snow plow tracking map to receive information on current plowing conditions.

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