MnDOT Reminds the Public That is Illegal To Deposit Snow Onto or Next to a Public Highway or Street

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

Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing snow onto public roadways.  This includes the ditch or right of way area along the roadside.  Pushing snow on public roadways becomes an increasing issue with each snowstorm during winter, because snow piles become larger and more difficult to manage.

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.

Other hazards created by improper placement of snow on or near public roadways include drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and safe accessibility.  Special attention should be made to keep crosswalks, intersections, entrances and exits clean and unobstructed.