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Snow Plowing

The removal of snow and ice from St. Louis County roads in Minnesota is one of the most important jobs confronting maintenance personnel during the winter season. The Public Works Department will utilize reasonable means to minimize hazards, slippery road surfaces, costly delays, and abnormal energy usage to the road user.

Safety for the motorist and serviceability of county roads are the primary consideration of the maintenance crews. Snow and ice removal operations must be carried on so as to provide reasonable safety for the public as well as for the employees. The Public Works Department will not call-out or hold-over employees until there is an accumulation of 2 inches of snow on paved roads and 4 inches of snow on gravel roads.

Snowplows may operate to remove lesser amounts of snow during regular hours of operation, but an emergency call-out will not occur until the above criteria is met or conditions warrant action in specific areas. Emergency call-outs may be required on arterials and high density collectors (Federal Function Classification) prior to this condition being met based on the storm and actual pavement conditions encountered.

Click here for the entire St. Louis County Public Works Snow Removal Policy

Any questions regarding snowplow activities in your area should be directed to the Public Works Maintenance Supervisor at the Toolhouse closest to your residence or the Highway Superintendent in your Maintenance District.
The Public Works Department and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) ask that drivers consider these important safety tips each winter:

  • Slow down and stay behind snowplows whenever possible.  Drivers should allow at least five car lengths between themselves and the snowplows.  The road behind the snowplow will be the safest place on the road.
  • Drivers should always be vigilant of black ice conditions on road surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance/exit ramps.
  • Always turn on your headlights and make sure to turn off the cruise control during bad weather conditions.