© Star photo by Gary Kean
This huge piie of road salt was delivered to the Corner Brook waterfront Thursday night.
CORNER BROOK The early arrival and unexpected intensity of winter has led to the province shipping in an extra load of road salt.
A bulk carrier dropped off a huge pile of salt on the Corner Brook waterfront Thursday night.
Friday morning, a steady stream of dump trucks was hauling the salt away for storage.
Bulk shipments of salt are usually received in the summer or fall and it is unusual to see more arrive during winter. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Works said it is the extraordinary weather so far and the uncertainty of what the rest of the season will bring that precipitated the extra delivery.
‚ÄúWinter came about four to six weeks early this year,‚ÄĚ said Carol Ann Carter, the department‚Äôs director of communications. ‚ÄúSo, we need to ensure we have enough salt to bring us through the remainder of this year and it was necessary to order more.‚ÄĚ
Carter said the shipment delivered at Corner Brook will be distributed to storage sheds all across the western region. A similar load dropped off by the same ship in St. John‚Äôs will help top up salt sheds located throughout the eastern portion of the island.
The Department of Transportation won‚Äôt be the only entity availing of the extra delivery. Although he said a few weeks ago that Corner Brook should have enough road salt to get it through this winter‚Äôs snowclearing efforts, Mayor Charles Pender said the city will take advantage of the extra salt that arrived Thursday.
‚ÄúStill think we have enough salt but, given the way winter has been going, we decided to top it up just in case,‚ÄĚ the mayor said in a Tweet directed to The Western Star Friday morning.