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Quincy city street crews unable to get cinders in time for storm

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - As WGEM first reported on Monday, Quincy city street crews had planned on battling Tuesday's snow storm with a mix of salt and cinders, a combination that hasn't been used in decades.

However, as of Tuesday morning, Central Services Director Marty Stegeman says the vendor that was supplying the city with cinders, can't deliver the supplies until Thursday.

"It's a bump in the road," Stegeman said.

It was a tool Stegeman says he was counting on to not only keep roads safe, but also to lessen the sting of a nationwide salt shortage.
   
"Cinders provide more traction and basically they spread out the salt, it give us an opportunity to use less salt," Stegeman said.

Currently, the city has about 1000 tons of salt left. Stegeman says this storm will use up about 250 tons, or about a quarter of the city's salt supply.
 
And that has drivers concerned.
   
"We still have the underlying ice on top of what's coming down right now, and it's just going to keep getting worse if we don't get on top of it and get something done," Lacey Townsend said.
   
"I'm worried, I'm really worried because I've heard about the shortage and I don't know what's going to happen," Gina Veneris said.

Stegeman says crews will be conserving salt Tuesday and Wednesday, and will only be treating main and secondary roads. He says completely running out of salt isn't something drivers need to worry about.

"We probably have enough to last us for two to three good storms, so people do not need to panic," Stegeman said.

Stegeman says they have located a source to ship salt in to Quincy, however it will cost the city $200 per ton, in comparison to the normal rate of $53 per ton.
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