Minn. Now that southern Minnesota has received its
first significant snowfall of the season, the Minnesota
Department of Transportation reminds all snow removal operators
that it is unlawful to deposit snow on or next to a public
highway or street.
state law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing,
blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public
roadways. This provision can also include the ditch and
right of way area.
are considered a misdemeanor, but civil penalties can 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.
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.
Fast. Too Close. Too Late.