In a typical snowstorm, plowing begins at 2 a.m. Public Works crews clear approximately 130 miles of streets, 22.6 miles of sidewalks, and 25.1 miles of trails using dump trucks, pickup trucks, tractors, skid steer loaders and wheel loaders. Plowing and salting operations begin on the main arterial roads, collector streets and emergency routes. Next, local streets, cul-de-sacs, alleys, parking lots and certain sidewalks and trails are cleared.
Scott County maintains county state aid highways. Neighborhood associations clear private streets. A map of city vs. county-maintained roads is available on the City Maps.
Winter Parking Regulations
After a snowfall of 2 inches or more, all vehicles must be removed from city streets to allow for efficient snow removal operations (City Code 95.03A).
These parking restrictions are effective until the snow has been plowed from curb to curb on public streets.
Snow Removal Tips
Residents can help the snow removal process with the following tips:
Clear the sidewalks adjacent to your home. Property owners are responsible for clearing snow/ice on sidewalks adjacent to residential properties within 36 hours and commercial properties within 24 hours. During extreme snow events, city staff cannot meet the timelines set for in City Code 95.03A along collector streets and county roads.
Do not put snow on roadways. Minnesota statute and Savage ordinance prohibits plowing, shoveling, blowing or placing snow onto public roadways.
Shovel around hydrants and mailboxes. Shovel a three-foot path from the road to the hydrant and a minimum of three feet on all sides of the hydrant.
Install sturdy mailboxes. Mailboxes should be sturdy enough to withstand snow coming off the end of a plow. If damage occurs due to snow hitting a box, the city is not responsible for repairs. Learn more about property damage.
Place garbage containers at least 2 feet back from curb to avoid contact with snow plows.