As the Northland continues to dig out from the weekend blizzard, MnDOT wants to remind everyone that it's illegal to push snow on to roads and into ditches.

Minnesota law and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public roadways. This includes the ditch and right of way area along the roadside. Pushing snow on public roadways becomes an increasing issue with each snow storm during the winter because snow piles become larger and more difficult to manage.


Violation of this is a misdemeanor, but civil penalties also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard such as a slippery area, frozen rut or bump that contributes to a motor vehicle or pedestrian crash. The civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person who placed the snow.

Moving this much snow out of driveways and sidewalks can get tricky, but throwing it into the streets should never be considered.

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