RI to spend $37K on salt for streets

The Rock Island City Council will vote on the last order of salt for the public works department on Monday, February 17th, 2014.

The public works department is asking for 600 tons of salt Monday. The public works department has already ordered and budgeted this amount. However, it does cost $37,000.

The city’s salt dome at the Rock Island Public Works Department is getting closer to being empty. Public Works Director Randy Tweet says this winter has been especially tough on his crews.

“They’re working a lot more overtime,” Tweet said. “They’re also the same crews that are working on main breaks, and we’ve had a record number of main breaks this year, so it’s been quite busy for the public works crews.”

Moline Public Works crews say they have plenty of salt for the rest of this year, but they will have to ask for more money to fill up their salt domes for next year. Moline had about 15 snow plows out Monday morning while Rock Island had about nine.

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