City of Minneapolis Watching Salt Levels Closely

Updated: 02/20/2014 6:41 PM
Created: 02/20/2014 12:21 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

The city of Minneapolis has been using salt at a higher rate, so now the public works department is trying to ration what they still have.  The city is going on a "salt diet" so they don't run out before the end of the winter.

As the sun came out on Thursday, so did the plows.

"We've had a lot of people that have had to work all of our holidays, weekends, it's getting long," said Mike Kennedy with Minneapolis Public Works.

Minneapolis Public Works is already rationing it's salt usage so we can try to plow through the rest of this winter with ease, but this winter the job of a plow driver has been anything but easy.

"All of our resources are getting used at a higher rate," Kennedy said.

Between equipment, overtime and all of the minor and major snowfalls, Minneapolis Public Works has already spent more money on snow removal this winter than average. The same goes for the rest of the state.

"It's been a trying year. There's been a lot of the normal breakdowns, the constant snow ... it's hard on the equipment," MnDOT mechanic John Wells said.

"If we're not cleaning up snow, we're plowing snow. If we're not plowing snow, we're cleaning it up," said Nathan Kent, a MnDOT plow driver.

Being that the city runs on a annual budget, it's not yet known exactly how much money Minneapolis has spent on salt so far this year.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
37° | 28°
  • Feels like: 27° F
  • Wind: WSW 8mph
  • Humidity: 82%
  • Tue A few clouds
    36° | 26°
  • Wed Considerable cloudiness
    42° | 28°
  • Thu Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun
    30° | 15°
  • Fri Snow developing during the afternoon
    24° | 5°