Anyone going down to the waterfront is aware of the salt pile by the deep-water dock. In the past, the salt came in on the river by barge and was carried away by truck to various municipalities in the Hudson Valley. I can recall more than once being awakened at 3 or 4 in the morning by little convoys of dump trucks from Dutchess County towns and cities, making their stealthy way down Allen Street (NOT a truck route) to the waterfront in the dead of a winter night.
This year there have been reports that, for the first time, none of the salt on our waterfront has come in by barge but all of it has been trucked in--over Hudson streets--and then trucked out again. Now, at the end of one winter and months before the beginning of the next, there are reports of trucks bringing more salt to the waterfront. One witness estimates that 25 to 30 loads of salt have been delivered by truck in the past couple of days.
The picture shows a truck leaving the deep-water dock this morning at approximately 7:45 a.m. Unable to get out along Front Street because of the construction there related to the new wastewater treatment plant, the driver found his way back to Third Street/9G along the south side of the old L&B building. Witnesses say that this route past L&B is regularly used by trucks believed to be carrying salt.