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Snowplowing FAQ's

Q. How do I know who is responsible for plowing the road I live on?
     A. Information about which agency manages and maintains which road is available here.
Q. When does snow plowing begin?
     A. Per the Sibley County Snow and Ice Removal Policy:
         The County's goal is to have all routes passable when reasonably possible after the
         snowfall has stopped.  The higher traffic volume roads will receive higher priority for
         snow and ice control operations.  The decision to plow or sand will be made by the
         Public Works Director and the Highway Maintenance Manager based on the following
               1. Appreciable accumulations of snow, generally two inches.
               2. Drifting of snow which seriously affects travel.
               3. Icy conditions which seriously affect travel.
         The county is staffed for one shift of snow and ice removal.  The standard early start
         time is 5:00 AM.  Factors that often delay snow and ice removal include; severe cold,
         strong winds, and limited visibility.
         The staff and department budgets do not allow for 24-hour coverage.
         No travel advisories issued by the State Patrol and/or the Sheriff also apply to the county
         snow and ice removal crews.
Q. What gets plowed?
     A. The county plows County State Aid Highways (CSAH) and County Roads (CR).  Click
          here for our High Priority Snow Plow Route.
Q. What is the plowing procedure?
     A. Per the Sibley County Snow and Ice Removal Policy:
         The county does not assure a completely bare road and will not sand entire sections
         of roadway.  Sanding is done at problem locations such as hills, curves, intersections
         and bridges. 
Q. My mailbox was damaged what should I do?
     A. Per the Sibley County Snow and Ice Removal Policy:
         Mailboxes and fences damaged during snow removal are evaluated case by case.
         Only those mailboxes and fences that were properly located and installed, and which
         were damaged by actual contact with county equipment will be repaired at the
         county's expense.
Q. What if I get stranded or stuck?
     A. Per the Sibley County Snow and Ice Removal Policy:
         County staff may assist stranded motorists by contacting law enforcement and/or
         emergency personnel.  The county will not attempt to remove a stuck vehicle except
         to eliminate a safety hazard.
Click for a complete Sibley County Snow and Ice Policy.
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