State loans towns road salt

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With local road salt supplies dwindling, the Vermont Agency of Transportation dipped into its reserves and loaned salt to at least 65 towns.

Agency Secretary Neale Lunderville says each of the nine maintenance districts will loan salt to nearby towns until its supplies reach 25 percent of capacity, equivalent to less than a two-day supply.

Lunderville says in case of severe weather, each region needs that amount to keep state highways and interstates safe.

To make as much salt available as possible, the agency will use less and is asking motorists to be aware that road conditions could be challenging.

A series of winter storms have depleted salt supplies in areas of the Northeast and Midwest.

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