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Parking Ban Starts 9 a.m. Tuesday, State About to Run out of Road Salt

With yet another winter storm headed our way, Cranston Police have wasted no time in getting a parking ban in place.

The ban starts at 9 a.m. and will last until midnight. 

Police said they responded to 20 accidents during the last storm and urged motorists to be careful on the roads, especially during the afternoon commute.

Conditions could get especially treacherous since the state is on the verge of running out of road salt. The dwindling supplies compelled the state Department of Transportation to use less salt on the roads during the last storm.

"The R.I. Emergency Management Agency has been working closely with RIDOT, local emergency managers and departments of public works to monitor salt supplies given the ongoing regional and national salt shortage," DOT spokeswoman Rose Amoros said. "This recent storm has again put a strain on all resources."

my world February 17, 2014 at 09:34 PM
why cant we use ocean water its got lots of salt in it .
Jesus Christ February 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM
You cant't use ocean water it does not have enough salt in it and would freeze ans soon as applied. Then you would have ice coved snow.
PMarandola February 18, 2014 at 06:20 AM
The state city's pay $60.00 a ton for salt we pay alot more than them! They should give it to us FREE like the sand bags! Especially since they never clean the side streets!
Steven r February 18, 2014 at 06:33 AM
What happens to the salt they already applied, too bad it cannot be reclaimed with a street sweeper.
Lisa C. February 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Ummmm....A street sweeper? Where???
Jesus Christ February 18, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Steven not only can it not be reclaimed once it has been applied to the street it is considered hazardous waste. When they sweep the streets they have to pay a hazardous waste company to dispose of it and then buy new salt and sand to put back on the street because you can not put used sand back on the street because it is now hazardous waste and the EPA says you cna not reuse it. So every year we pay for sand then pay to dispose of the sand and then buy new sand no wonder taxes are so high.
Boon Mcnolys February 18, 2014 at 06:49 PM
I thought hurricane sandy gave us plenty of sand.

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