Barnstable is not one of those communities, with the Department of Public Works saying they’re stocked up in advance of the season:
“At the very end of last season we fully stockpiled our salt supply so that we would be ready for this upcoming season and not experience any of the shortages that were anticipated or that were experienced last year by some communities,” said Barnstable DPW Director Dan Santos.
Santos added that the town’s salt storage facility is filled to capacity, while also saying that buying early can prove to be beneficial.
“We want to also control the price, too. So when the price you think is a good price you want to tend to buy and stockpile. It’s kind of a spot market and commodity, and the price went sky high last year,” Santos said.
The Barnstable DPW is responsible for clearing about 500 miles of roads, according to Santos.