Statewide Winter Salt Usage 07 Jun 13

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has tallied up the total statewide road salt usage for the winter driving season. It came in at more than 304,500 tons. That’s a marked increase from the year before, when 154,000 tons of salt was laid down in an unseasonably warm winter. It’s also 47% above the 5-year average. In western Minnesota they ran out of salt and had to import it from Mn/DOT districts in the state’s east. Mn/DOT says it spent a total of $90.5-million on labor, equipment and materials to keep clear the roads of snow and ice. That’s up from about $46-million the prior winter driving season. Mn/DOT maintains 12,000 miles of state highways.