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Kitchener blames salt shortage for icy roads

Bus routes will continue to be salted by the city. Kevin Nielsen / Global News / File

If you are wondering why your street has not been cleared completely of ice, a salt shortage may be partially to blame, according to the city of Kitchener.

In a release on Wednesday, the city says that last week’s spell of winter weather, paired with a slat shortage has forced it to “prioritize existing salt supplies.” That means that main roads and bus routes will come first.

The city says it along with the Region of Waterloo, and cities of Waterloo and Cambridge are currently attempting to track down more salt as it has had “difficulty in obtaining adequate volume from our supplier.”

Many stores in Waterloo region are sold out of salt leaving residents with difficulties in attempting to keep bare pavement on sidewalks.

The city says that bylaw officers will use discretion in deciding whether homeowners will be punished for failing to keep sidewalks completely clear.

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It also offers free sand to help residents address snowclearing.

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