Snow removal company on road salt: ‘We’re spending $180 a ton just to get it’


This winter storm is cutting deep into the season, as spring will start in less than three weeks.

KSN met with a supervisor of a private landscaping business to see if they’re ready for the elements.

That supervisor tells KSN this winter has been different from most, with a snow or ice event almost every week. But they’re ready for whatever mother nature brings

At Suburban Landscape Management, they’re locking plows into place. It is not the first time this winter.

“Snow events every single week it makes it a lot harder on everybody to get it done,” said Paul Bethel, Operations Vice President of Maintenance.

Bethel says they will have seven salt trucks, 16 plows, and 30 crew trucks to work on sidewalk clean-up. And the people in them, will be dressed for the chill.

“Beanies, face masks, really anything they can to stay warm and dry,” said Bethel.

While the snow means business for the landscape company, multiple storms can hurt resources. Bethel says they used a majority of their road salt with the last storm, forcing them to have more shipped here from Kentucky.

“Costing us about three times as much as it usually does, we’re spending $180 a ton just to get it here,” said Bethel.

But they will try their best to get the job done with help from other tools.

“Right now in this truck is ice melt, a snow blower, a backpack blower,” said Bethel.

While staying safe on the roads, they say safety is top priority and they advise residents to not go out if you don’t have to. But if you do need to drive, they say to be especially careful on bridges and over passes.

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