Do NOT Plow Snow onto Roadways

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) along with Sibley County would like to remind residents, business organizations and especially commercial snow removal operators that it is against the law to deposit snow, in any fashion, on or next to a public highway, county road, township road or street.  In many cases this leaves a snow ridge on the road which may be a contributing factor to vehicle accidents or breakage of snow removal equipment.

In Minnesota Statute Section 169.42 it states that:
No person shall throw, deposit, place, or dump, or cause to be thrown, deposited, placed, or dumped upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land adjacent thereto without the owner's consent any snow, ice, glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, garbage, swill, papers, ashes, cigarette filters, debris from fireworks, refuse, carcass of any dead animal, offal, trash or rubbish or any other form of offensive matter, or any other substance likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon any such street or highway.

A violation of Minnesota State Statute 169.42 is a misdemeanor (Statute 609.02  subdivision 3 - Misdemeanor) and punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00 or a jail sentence up to 90 days, and or both.  A second or subsequent offense shall require a minimum mandatory fine of $400.00.

Sibley County offers the following tip to determine the proper placement of snow and minimize your inconvenience when a snowplow comes along after you've cleared your driveway:
     1. Place as much snow as possible from the end of your driveway in the adjacent
          roadside ditch away from the roadway.
     2. Clear an area upstream from your driveway to create an open "pocket."

Mn/DOT and Sibley County says much of the snow pushed by the plow truck will empty into this pocket and less will wind up in the driveway entrance.  The department also says the pocket needs to be maintained to be effective throughout the winter.  See diagram below:

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