City officially opens second salt barn

Lexington has a new potent weapon in its annual war on snowy streets … a second salt barn.

Mayor Linda Gorton and several councilmembers cut a ribbon to officially open the salt barn today, and crews began filling it with salt.

“Winter has already arrived, and now we’re ready for the next cold, snowy blast,” Gorton said. “This is an important step forward in our ability to clear our roads quickly and efficiently.” 

 The wooden structure, which measures 80 feet by 152 feet, holds approximately 7,000 tons of salt. The combined storage capacity of the City’s two barns will be able to shelter all of the salt the city uses in a normal winter.

Councilmember Richard Moloney said he fought for the construction of a second salt barn for many years because it will save time for road crews and cut down on the wear and tear on equipment. “Our City has seen dramatic growth in the 25 years we since we built the first salt barn,” Moloney said. “An additional salt barn will cut down on the drive time needed for a salt truck to get reloaded.”

The new salt barn, which will be twice the size of the existing salt barn off Old Frankfort Pike, is located next to the city’s West Hickman Wastewater Treatment Plant on land already owned by the city, said Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public Works Nancy Albright.

Gorton said the City focuses on clearing roads as soon as possible. “Our citizens depend on us to make the roads safer when the weather is bad, and this new barn will help us work faster and better,” Gorton said.

“With this new salt we will be able to provide quicker and more efficient weather response,” said Rob Allen, Director of Streets and Roads. Two of Allen’s predecessors, Leo McMillen and Albert Miller, were on hand to join in the celebration of the new facility.

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truck dumping a load of salt into a new barn