A Staggering Amount Was Spent Last Winter To Clear Minnesota Roads
MnDot crews were out in full force last winter working hard to keep our roads clear during what was one of the worst winters in history. A new MnDOT winter maintenance report reveals how much was spent battling the snowy conditions - $133 Million.
That's a lot of money but definitely a necessary expensive in Minnesota. Believe it or not, MnDOT actually used less road salt and sand during the 2018-19 season compared to the previous winter, applying more liquid chemicals. MnDot says the chemicals proved to enhance the performance of road salt during extreme conditions, which led to routes being cleared faster and with less material.
Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher said, "“The Winter Maintenance Report helps tell the story very clearly: with the fifth-largest roadway system in the country and more extreme weather conditions than most states, it costs a lot of money to maintain transportation infrastructure and keep people moving in Minnesota. I’m so proud of the employees of MnDOT, who worked long hours through challenging conditions to keep our roads safe.”