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Residents, snow removal operators advised not to push snow on public roadways

Tue, Jan 28th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – With the growing number of snow days this winter, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds residents and snow removal operators that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street.

Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public roadways. This includes the ditch and right of way area along the roadside. Pushing snow on public roadways is an increasing issue with each snow storm because snow piles become larger and more difficult to manage throughout the winter months.

Violations are considered misdemeanors, but civil penalties also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard such as a slippery area, frozen rut or bump that contributes to a motor vehicle or pedestrian crash. The civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person who placed the snow.

Other hazards created by improper placement of snow on or near a public roadway include drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and safe accessibility. Special attention should be made to keep crosswalks, intersections, entrances and exits clean and unobstructed.

Minnesota Department of Transportation maintenance crews plow and maintain nearly 3,800 lane miles of roadway in the 11 counties in southeastern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds motorists we're in the storm together. Be patient with the snowplows and drive according to road conditions.

For statewide travel information visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov.


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6:04:23, Jan 29th 2014

living in harmony says:
They tell the cops to in force this. Harmony is horrible about this. The school is the worst!