MnDOT spends nearly $133 million last winter

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– The Minnesota Department of Transportation spent nearly $133 million to clear the roadways this past winter.

According to a winter maintenance report released today, crews faced some of the most severe weather in the state in a decade.

In MnDOT’s District 2, which is northwestern Minnesota the Bemidji area, crews laid down an average of 126,000 tons of salt and an average of 43,000 tons of sand.

Historically, snow and ice expenditures for District 2 are an average of $8.879 million, but last year District 2 costed MnDOT over $10.2 million.

Factors affecting winter maintenance costs include the timing of storms, change in labor costs, salt and chemical prices as well as winter severity, inflation, and fuel prices. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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