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Nov. 1, 2023

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MnDOT reminds public not to push or pile snow onto roads

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation would like to remind the public it is illegal to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street and asks for help keeping roads clear for everyone’s safety. Snow on or near public roads can create hazards such as drainage, drifting and sight obstruction.

Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public roads or sidewalks. 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.

District 2 MnDOT maintenance crews plow and maintain more than 3,900 miles of state highways in northwest Minnesota. Crews are out around the clock during snow events to keep roads safe, so please give them plenty of space to work. Also remember, it takes time to clean up the roadways during and after a snowstorm.

For tips on safe winter driving, visit www.mndot.gov/workzone/winter.html.