Princeton Receives Salt Delivery After Having`Very Low Supply’
The town of Princeton had to borrow salt from Princeton University and neighboring towns because the municipality’s salt supply was so low, Princeton Administrator Marc Dashield said today.
Princeton’s supply was so low that the salt had to be rationed over the last week, some municipal employees said. But Dashield said the town received salt deliveries today and expects to receive more deliveries tomorrow.
“The salt supplies have been very low, however we received some salt deliveries today and have been able to borrow salt from the University and neighbors,” Dashield said. “We expect continued salt deliveries beginning early next week.”
Princeton roads were extremely slippery Friday morning. There were problems on the Great Road, Rosedale Road, and Harrison Street, to name just a few of the larger roads where people had accidents or slid off the road. State roads like Route 206 were in decent condition.
Thanks for this article. It explains why the roads were still in surprisingly poor shape earlier this evening. I think the new administrator should explain why the University and neighboring towns had sufficient supply but we didn’t.
Indeed, there needs to be accountability. Children missed school, parents missed work and had to scramble to make alternative day care arrangements. How can this town be so unprepared? Who was responsible and what will be the consequences of this constant lack of preparation?
Everyone knew the storm was coming. Why didn’t they plan better? Even without salt, why didn’t do a better job plowing? Why put everyone’s safety at risk?
And if they knew the roads were going to be in a much worse condition than would be expected given the snowfall, why not warn us instead of putting our safety at risk? I assume they were able to warn the local schools, which explains why they were closed.
There were several accidents because of poor planning on our town’s part. Is there any way someone can be held accountable and assure us that there will be better planning in the future? This is a basic public service, which, while expensive, should take priority in the budget. Bottom line, it is a safety issue.
It is also worth noting that it is very often the case that neighboring towns do a much better job with cleaning the streets. It is usually clear while driving down Mercer when one leaves Princeton. I think officials in this town think they can get away with doing a lousy job as there seems to be no accountability.
Has anyone noticed that most parking spaces are not cleared to the curb making it difficult to park properly and that most parking meters are hard to get to because of the piles of snow?
This morning at Community Park school drop off I noticed several kids slipping and falling and near misses on the icy sidewalks around the school and even up to the school entrance. Am wondering what is the salt/sand protocol for the public school “walk in” and “drop off” areas? Was treatment of these areas also impacted by the town’s lack of salt or sand?
Here is an informative article in the Times of Trenton:
Princeton considers additional salt dome to increase stockpile for snow removal
I wonder why we were not informed about the lack of salt on hand, even though there appears to be a reasonable explanation, so that we could be extra cautious.
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