Snowy winter takes a toll on MnDot plow budget

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Many of us, including plow drivers, are growing tired of the snow.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's plow budget is growing tired of all this snow as well.

By the end of March, MNDOT's District one headquarters in Duluth had spent 14.8-million dollars on snow and ice.

That includes payroll and the cost of materials.

Within that price tag are 37-thousand 5-hundred tons of salt, 21-thousand tons of sand, 219-thousand gallons of brine, and 53-thousand gallons of Magnesium Chloride.

"Our budget has taken a big hit this year but we will spend what we need to to keep the roads clear this winter and, if necessary, this summer we'll probably hold back on the less important things like mowing and tree trimming and things like that," said MnDot Public Relations Coordinator Beth Petrowske.

MN DOT P-R coordinator Beth Petrowske says they'll begin planning for next winter already in a few months!

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati