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During heavy snowfalls, snowplowing is accomplished in threeseparate operations:
Homeowners are responsible for clearing out their own driveways.
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When two or more inches of snow have accumulated, snow andice control operations move from salting to plowing the snow to the sides ofthe street. In most cases, plowing operations begin between 12 AM and 4 AM; theexact time depends on the predicted start of the snowstorm, intensity of thesnowfall, and when the snowfall is expected to end.
No. The City is responsible for most roadways, but does notplow Washington County roads, Minnesota State Highways, or private roads.
The City is divided into seven individual areas, each ofwhich are arterial or collector streets. These streets are plowed first.Residential streets and cul-de-sacs are usually last to get plowed, since it isanticipated that by plowing collectors and arterials first, motorists will onlyhave two or three blocks to travel before they arrive at a plowed street.
View Oakdale's snow plow routes map (PDF)
Although all are important, the first priority is removal ofsnow from the City’s street system. As a result, a majority of the City’sresources are committed to this activity. At the same time, however, minimumresources are directed to the removal of snow from sidewalks, trails and icerinks. Since the amount of personnel and equipment working on these is muchsmaller, it takes more time to complete the snow removal operation.
View Oakdale's trail plow routes map (PDF)
Plowing snow in cul-de-sacs is difficult because of the waydriveways are situated. As much as possible, plow drivers try to plow snow awayfrom driveways and deposit it in the center or open areas.
No, with more than 500 fire hydrants in the city, it’simpossible to remove snow from around all of them. Residents are asked to“adopt” a hydrant and clear the snow away from it to keep it accessible in caseof a fire.
Unfortunately, plow drivers can’t plow around or set upcontainers that are knocked over. Residents are requested to set out recyclingcontainers and garbage cans on the driveway behind the street curb line.
Properly installed mailboxes that are accidentally toppled by the blade of a snowplow will be replaced by City crews as soon as time and weather allow. The City will not repair mailboxes damaged by the force of snow coming off the plow. Please report damage by calling 651-730-2740.
The City will repair grass damage that results from its snowplows, but does not repair sprinklers, fences or any private improvements installed in the right-of-way. Mailboxes that are physically hit by City snowplows will be repaired but will not repair mailboxes damaged by the force of snow coming off the plow.
Damage to mailboxes, sprinklers and other private improvements within the right-of-way will be assessed by the Street Superintendent to determine if the City is responsible for restoration.
Residents can report these types of damage to the Oakdale Public Works department at 651-730-2740. Please note, grass repairs are usually made in May and June through the use of topsoil and seed. The City will provide sod to property owners who want to do their own repairs.
No. City ordinance and state statutes require that snow beplaced on the right-of-way adjacent to the closest property.