Salt in High Demand this Past Winter

Road Salt at Rochester MnDOT

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ROCHESTER, MN — The snowplows are now put away in our area and crews hope for good.

Now that MnDOT crews have transitioned into road construction mode, they have noticed that they do not have much salt left from the winter.

In fact, they say they used over 300,000 tons. That is over double what they used the year before.

Last year’s dry winter may not be a good comparison, but MnDOT said it is also 47 percent above the five-year average.

It is because of the type of snow we got this year.

“A lot of little ice events, small snowstorms. So the inches of snow maybe weren’t that great, but we still had to use salt so that the ice wouldn’t form on the roads and we could keep them in good winter driving conditions,” said MnDOT Spokesperson Kristin Kammueller.

She also said to keep in mind they do not always use salt on the roads. If it is too cold salt does not work and if it is too windy it will just blow away.

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