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Snow PlowParking is prohibited on city streets after a 2 ½ inch snowfall. Parking may not resume on the street until it has been plowed curb-to-curb. Violators may be tagged and towed. In addition to parking restrictions related to snow plowing, Plymouth prohibits parking on city streets year-round from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. 

  

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Snowplow Operations
The city’s snow plow plan varies depending upon the amount of snow that falls. If less than 2 ½ inches falls, only major streets in the city system are plowed. Ice control is performed at stop signs, hills, bridges and curves and the entire system.

If more than 2½ inches of snow falls, all city streets are plowed curb-to-curb. Plowing all streets, including the removal of snow from cul-de-sacs, requires 8 to 10 hours. If your street has not been plowed within 10 hours after the end of a 2 ½ inch snowfall, please contact the Street Division at the number listed below.

Because of their configuration and size, cul-de-sacs are plowed with a special piece of equipment that has a shorter turning radius than standard plows. Snow may not be divided evenly among properties on a cul-de-sac due to locations of fire hydrants, mailboxes, landscaping and driveways.

The map below shows priority routes plowed by the city.

Shovel Fire Hydrants
The Fire Department asks residents to shovel out fire hydrants near their homes. Keeping hydrants clear of snow can substantially reduce the time it takes firefighters to put out a fire.

Mail & Other Services
Keep your mailbox clear of snow to ensure mail delivery. If it snows on collection day, keep garbage cans and recycling bins away from the end of the driveway.

Clearing Driveways
Do not shovel, plow or blow snow into the street. Blowing snow in the street makes it more difficult to clear streets (especially cul-de-sacs).

shoveling snow diagramAfter each snow storm city plows and homeowners are out trying to clear away snow as quickly as possible. As certain as snow in Minnesota, some homeowners will be displeased when the city snow plow fills their already-cleared driveway with snow. To minimize that problem, pile shoveled snow on the side of the driveway, as shown in the illustration, to avoid having the snowplow push it back onto the driveway.

We ask for your cooperation and assure you of our desire to cause minimum inconvenience.

Sidewalks & Trails
Property owners are responsible for keeping public sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow. Snow and ice shall be removed within 48 hours after the snow and ice has been deposited. Failure to do so may result in a fine to the property owner. Exceptions are made for sidewalks covered by the city’s sidewalk maintenance program, which designates sidewalks maintained by the city.

  • Sidewalk Maintenance Map (PDF) 

    Child Safety
    Children’s safety is the City of Plymouth’s utmost concern. Please educate them on the dangers of snow removal make sure they play safety.

    Please remind them to:

    • Never build tunnels or snow forts in the snow banks near the street. The force and weight of the snow coming off the plows can collapse the tunnels or forts and harm the child.
    • Keep sleds and toys out of the street and away from the edge of the road. Snow banks make it difficult for plow drivers to see children playing in these areas. Children should never play near the edge of the road.
    • Stay away from the plow. If a plow is on your street, children should stay back at least 20 feet or more from the road. It is best to have children play near the house as the snowplow approaches and stay there until the plow has passed.

    Motorist Safety
    Motorists should use caution around plows.

    • Plows travel slower than other vehicles. Reduce your speed, don’t crowd the plow.
    • Don’t pass snow removal equipment while it is plowing and never drive into the snow cloud.
    • Keep your distance from trucks that are plowing or spreading de-icing material. Frequent backing is necessary during these operations and visibility to the rear is very restricted.

    Contact
    Public Works Maintenance Facility | 14900 23rd Ave. | Plymouth, MN 55447
    P 763.509.5950 | F 763.509.5955 | publicworks@plymouthmn.gov

  • Children’s safety is the City of Plymouth’s utmost concern. Please educate them on the dangers of snow removal make sure they play safety.

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