Abundant salting supplies available for local icy roads

Created: 02/06/2014 5:15 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Thursday morning was the quite the adventure for Albuquerque motorists. They had to deal with ice and snow not just on their cars but on the roads. Even with snow plows salting the roads, Albuquerque Police say they responded to 65 weather related crashes Wednesday.

So imagine what it would be like if the New Mexico Department of Transportation ran out of salt and cinder!

"Oh, that would be terrible! There would be a lot of accidents," one local motorist said.

So we asked, with more storms now hitting the state, could it happen?

"At this point, I think we're more than adequate with what we have," said Phil Gallegos from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. He says there's no need to worry here in the metro.

A month ago, Albuquerque and much of New Mexico didn't receive any snow, so crews never had to use the equipment. Even if January had been an active month, the state has a plan!

Gallegos says that he's sure people are looking at the stockpiles, anticipating, and making sure they got what we need to last through this winter.  "If not, they'll probably put orders for more supplies to be delivered," he said.

Until then, expect road crews to work around the clock to try to keep those roads dry as the next storm approaches.

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