ST. PAUL -- A bill to cut down on the costs for road repairs in Minnesota has passed the Senate by a vote of 65-0.

Senator John Pederson of St. Cloud is the bill's sponsor. He says it removes the designation of solid waste from the slurry created during concrete cutting in road projects.

That designation forced construction companies to clean-up the dust-like residue at a significant cost. But, Pederson says it isn't harmful to the environment and can be left on site.

Pederson says a conservative estimate is a savings of 18% on Minnesota road repair projects if the bill passes into law.

A companion bill in the Minnesota House has not made it to the floor for a vote yet.