MnDOT reports $116 million spent during 2020-21 Winter Season

MnDOT reports $116 million spent during 2020-21 Winter Season

August 10, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (8/10/21)

(St Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation released their Winter Maintenance Report this past week and notified the public of $116 million spent to clear roads during the 2020-21 winter season.

The report breaks down fiscal year costs, winter severity, snow totals and other factors with stats that are separated by each of MnDOT’s eight districts to show impacts across the state.

The statewide snowfall was 53 inches and created a Winter Severity Index score of 86, which is the lowest score in the past five years. The WSI compares nine factors that affect snow and ice removal, including temperature, hours of snowfall, blowing snow and precipitation type. 

MnDOT used less road salt and sand during the 2020-21 winter season with fewer and less severe winter events. They were also able to exceed bare lane target goals for all road classifications, achieving bare lane driving conditions 87-percent of the time after a snow event.

More information from the MnDOT 2020-21 Winter Maintenance Report and more, go to MnDOT’s website.