Ithaca, N.Y. — The Town of Ithaca announced Friday morning that it will reduce its levels of road salting because this unusually severe winter has depleted its vendors’ salt supply.

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“The Town of Ithaca will not be able to provide the previous level of service, but will be focusing on salt application at intersections and hilly roadway sections in an effort to extend our supply to the end of this winter season,” the statement from the Town’s Public Works Department said.

“Drivers are asked to be prepared for this change in road conditions by adjusting driving habits to the roadway conditions, using winter snow tires, and providing extra travel time.”

The statement said that the town typically uses 2,200 tons of salt a year. This year, however, 3,200 tons have already been used.

The town expanded its salt storage facility last year “in anticipation of greater need” — but even that expansion has not proven to be enough, according to the statement.

“The availability of salt from vendors to replenish/supplement our supply is severely limited,” the statement said.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.