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DelDOT Says no to Sharing Salt

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SEAFORD, Del. - The Delaware Department of Transportation has more salt than neighboring states, but says no to sharing it.

DelDOT has already used 77,000 tons of salt this winter, and has about 30,000 tons left. Other states like New Jersey, which so far has used about 442,000 tons of salt, are close to running out.

New Jersey Department of Transportation officials asked Delaware to share some of the extra salt, but DelDOT said it wouldn't be possible.

According to DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff, even though there is enough left for winter, the stockpiles are still small because the state is so small. He said the extra salt must be saved for potential storms the rest of winter.

Some residents agree.

"I believe we should hang on to all the extra salt that we have, better to have enough than not enough," Ben Belote of Laurel said. "We're not through March yet, there's a possibility that another big storm can come so we should just hang on to it."

A truck driver for Anderson however said he is upset. He is based in New Jersey and has to drive through Delaware three times a week. Bad roads, would be a huge detriment.

"It would cause a lot of problems, maybe the roads would be shut down or something, you know have a state of emergency," Khalil Bazgarra said. "So we'd really appreciate from Delaware if they can help with some salt you know, we are all neighbors."

Nonetheless, DelDOT officials said there is only enough salt left for about two more big snowfalls, and they need to stay prepared. And New Jersey is expecting shipments in the near future, just not from neighboring states.

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