MnDOT reminds public to not move snow onto public streets

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding the public that it is illegal to deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street.

“Placing snow on or near a public road creates hazards, including drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and unsafe access,” said Paul Konickson, Assistant District Engineer.

“Keep crosswalks, intersections, entrances and exits clean and unobstructed.”

Many local ordinances also prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public roads, including right-of-ways and ditches.

Violations are considered misdemeanors, but civil penalties may also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard that contributes to a crash.

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