Heavy Snow and Gusty Winds Make for Tough Road Cleanup

March 05, 2018 11:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) - On Monday, ABC 6 News reporter Elise Romas rode along with a plow operator from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) during the heavy snowfall. He said the high winds made this one of the worst storms this winter.

"The snow was coming so fast and with the warmer temperatures on the road, we had probably 2-3 inches of compaction on the roads in town here that we're going to have to deal with the rest of the night and probably into tomorrow," MnDot plow operator Rich Pagel said.


When it comes to salting the roads, the city of Rochester said it's in good condition. Last week, they paid around $42,000 and shipped in about 700 tons of salt. Because more money was budgeted for salt this year, the city said the cost has been absorbed. The Department of Transportation said their current supply should last them the rest of the winter storm season.

"Last year about this time it was $9.7 million for district 6 for all the snow and ice removal, now we're at about $8.2 million,” MnDOT spokesperson Mike Dougherty said. “If we can use the minimal amount that's still safe it's better for the environment but it's also better for our pocketbook."

Pagel said he and the other plow operators expect to start sprinkling salt sometime late Monday night when the storm settles down.


Elise Romas

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