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Mild winter has MnDOT ahead on projects

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation said this week that the mild winter allowed it to catch up with projects that usually get left behind under heavy plowing and de-icing work.

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The projects including pothole patching, crack sealing, repairs to median barriers, culvert inspections and repairs, and brush trimming.

MnDOT spent $45.9 million on winter maintenance during the 2011-12 winter season compared to the annual average of $66.1 million the last four years. It spent $81.1 million on snow and ice removal during the 2010-11 season.

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