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Road salt shortage is a shared experience

A city that will “start rationing its road salt as its supplier is running low after a snowy winter that isn’t even finished yet.”

A city switching to a sand/salt mixture or a “grit/salt mixture” in order to keep its streets and walkways usable.

Is it another Lake County suburb?

Actually, it’s Ottawa, Canada, a city located in a country that seems to have perfected The Art of Winter. Ottawa’s snowfall so far this winter is 30% higher than their average for an entire season. Sound familiar?

Canada, a source of road salt for many communities across the northern U.S., is struggling to keep up with salt demand and communities are rationing what little they have left.

If there is solace in company, we have it with our northern neighbors.

The snowy roads looked much better when viewed from the window of the Metra train on Tuesday. I don’t know about the condition of Route 60 or Route 83 yesterday, but my rail road was clear and speedy. I did notice that my local streets were in good shape Tuesday night, so a hearty “Good job!” goes to the salt-starved county and village.

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