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Salt supply pours in at Port of Milwaukee ahead of winter

Posted at 7:21 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 08:21:56-04

The salt piles at the Port of Milwaukee have gotten sneakily larger as winter approaches.

Port Director Adam Schlicht said it's been a "banner year" at the Port of Milwaukee, and salt shipments are no exception.

"Salt shipments here are up 46, almost 47% compared to this time last year," he said.

Last year, a strike at a major Canadian salt mine delayed the ability of local salt supply companies to move their purchased road salt into Milwaukee.

This year's supply schedule is much different.

On a brisk October morning, TODAY'S TMJ4 saw a whole row of trucks being loaded up with salt and weighed.

"You're seeing trucks loaded up, and seeing our customers come in who are already preparing for winter," Schlicht said.

He said that shows southeastern Wisconsin is well-prepared for winter.

Schlicht added the salt shipments that have been arriving this fall also cover the city's supply of road salt.

"The city's contract for its envisioned salt need for the forthcoming winter is always the first, contractually-met, salt-minimum tonnage that the Port of Milwaukee receives each year," Schlicht said.