MnDOT spent record $174 million plowing snow last winter

Salaries, materials and higher gas prices contributed to the record spending


Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

A trio of snowplows cleared ramps along Interstate 35 in Lakeville on Feb. 22, 2022. It was Minnesota's third-snowiest winter on record.

The winter of 2022-23 was one of the most brutal in recent years, and it cost the Minnesota Department of Transportation a fortune.

MnDOT spent nearly $174 million to remove snow and ice from roads, the most the agency has ever spent on plowing operations, according to the agency's Winter Maintenance Report ironically released Thursday, the hottest day of the year.

"The factoids remind us about how cold it was not so long ago," spokeswoman Anne Meyer said. "Hopefully we are not talking snow again until November."


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