Snowy Winter Means Extra Money Spent, High Road Salt Usage

By KBJR News 1

Snowy Winter Means Extra Money Spent, High Road Salt Usage

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Heavy snowfall during the 2012-2013 winter season led to a major spike in road salt usage.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported this week that statewide salt usage was 304,555 tons. This is almost double last season's usage of 154,072 tons, and 47 percent above the 5-year average.

MnDOT says they spent a total of $90.5 million on labor, compared to $45.9 million last season.

Snowfall reported at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport was 67.7 inches for the 2012-13 season. Last year during the same time, 22.3 inches were reported.

All of the snow caused MnDOT districts in the western part of the state to run out of salt late in the season and districts in the east sent them salt.

Most crews across the state thought they were done plowing for the season in April, but Mother Nature had other plans.

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