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NJ Gets Some Much-Needed Road Salt

Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 4:43 PM EDT
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If one more storm strikes New Jersey, there could be no salt left to keep the streets safe. That's the warning from state officials as a much-needed shipment is held up in Maine. Brian Thompson reports.

If one more storm strikes New Jersey, there could be no salt left to keep the streets safe. That's the warning from state officials as a much-needed shipment is held up in Maine. Brian Thompson reports.

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A much-awaited shipment of road salt is expected to arrive at Port Newark, with another one due next week.

The cargo ship is to arrive from Chile on Thursday.

The Star-Ledger reports the salt is being supplied by International Salt, a primary supplier for the state. A company spokeswoman didn't say how much was in this week's shipment.

New Jersey's efforts to get a 40,000-ton load of salt sitting in Maine have been held up by a federal law that prohibits international vessels from transporting cargo from one U.S. port to another.

State transportation department spokesman Joseph Dee says a barge is on its way to Maine to pick up a portion of the salt stockpile. He says the state currently has enough salt to cover one storm.

“We have enough salt for one storm and that’s it,” Dee told the paper. “So the whole exercise of getting the salt from Maine is worth it.”

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