Groundbreaking? No need! “Salt shoveling” celebrates construction of Lexington’s new salt barn
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It wasn’t a groundbreaking, but a salt shoveling that Lexington’s leaders took part in to celebrate construction of the city’s second salt barn.
“Even though summer is just ending we have to start thinking about the winter weather coming our way,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “A new salt barn in south Lexington is a huge step forward as we think about the challenges involved in keeping our roads clear.”
“This new salt barn will make a huge difference. Our City has seen dramatic growth in the 25 years we since we built the first salt barn. We need an additional facility to cut down on the drive time needed for a salt truck to get reloaded,” Councilmember-at-Large Richard Moloney said.
The city says the new barn will be double the size of the current barn, which is off Old Frankfort Pike.
“This new salt barn gives us the opportunity to provide quicker and more efficient weather response to the citizens and visitors of Fayette County,” said Rob Allen, Director of Streets, Roads and Forestry.
The new barn will be made of wood. According to the city, it will measure 80 feet by 152 feet and will be able to hold 7,000 tons of salt.
The city will continue to use the old barn too. It says the two barns together will be able to hold the amount of salt Lexington uses in a typical winter.
Mayor Linda Gorton says the new salt barn will be ready to go this winter. It should be complete by November 1st.