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Posted on: November 6, 2019

NEWS RELEASE - Snow Removal


The Freeborn County Highway Department cautions property owners against dumping snow on public roadways and offers tip for clearing driveway entrances.

The County Engineer, Sue Miller, would like to remind everyone, including commercial snow removal operators, that it is against state law to deposit snow onto a public roadway.  Dumping or plowing snow unto a roadway can create a slippery area, frozen rut or bump, which has the potential to contribute to a motor vehicle or pedestrian crash.

Minnesota Statute 160.27 prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow from sidewalks, driveways and parking lots onto public roadways, which can include the ditch and right-of-way in certain situations. The public is cautioned that violations are misdemeanors and civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person or company who placed the snow improperly.

To determine the proper placement of snow and minimize your inconvenience when a snowplow comes along after you’ve cleared your driveway, Freeborn County offers the following tip:

Snow Removal Diagram

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