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Road Salt Barge Arrives In New Jersey After Long Delay

New Jersey Salt Barge

A barge of road salt arrived in New Jersey after a long delay Tuesday. (Credit: CBS 2)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A barge carrying much-needed road salt has arrived in New Jersey at last, as another winter storm was bearing down.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed Tuesday that the barge carrying 9,500 tons of road salt has arrived from Maine to Port Newark and likely will be off-loaded on Wednesday.

The ship had been stuck in Maine because it was on a foreign ship that was not allowed to dock where it was supposed to unload.

State transportation officials have said New Jersey’s supply of road salt is dangerously low due to numerous winter storms this season.

A state Department of Transportation spokesman said last week that the state had used more than 100,000 tons more salt by early February than in all of last winter. The spokesman said a big storm can use up to 20,000 tons.

A separate cargo ship brought salt from Chile last week.

Snow is expected Wednesday morning. CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported the snow will only amount to between a trace to 1 inch – beginning in the morning rush, and on-again off-again in the early morning hours.

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