- Karen Bedeau
MnDOT District 2
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN, 56601
MnDOT reminds snow removal operators not to push snow on to public roadways
BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds the public that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. This also applies to private contractors who may be plowing snow for local municipalities.
Improperly placing snow on or near a public road creates hazards including drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and unsafe access. Special attention should be made to keep crosswalks, intersections, entrances and exits clean and unobstructed.
Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow on to public roads. This includes the ditch and right of way area along the roads.
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.