MnDOT Preparing for Winter

Created: 07/16/2014 9:10 PM
By: Meghan Reistad

In June, MnDOT started delivering salt to 11 counties around Southeastern Minnesota.

More than 14,000 tons of salt have already been delivered.  The total for all the salt is more than $900,000 dollars around Minnesota's District 6.

MnDOT says it's important to be ready for snow and ice, and summer is the best time to get prepared.
"We can't control the weather so we don't want to have to be doing maintenance things or getting the sand or salt in then and trying to shovel it," said Mike Doughtery with MnDOT.  "We just want everything ready and then wait for the weather to show up when it shows up."

The salt is hauled in from Mississippi River barges.  Once it's delivered, each truckload is tested to make sure it's ready to go out on the roads.