Snowplowing Update

Snowplowing Update for 3-9-19 & 3-10-19
(written at 1:20 p.m. on 3-9-19)


Coon Rapids snowplow crews will be reporting for duty at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, to begin a full plowing of the city which includes main streets, residential streets, cul-de-sacs and sidewalks. Not all of the sidewalks will be completed during this first day of plowing, however, as it can take more than one day to completely get to all areas of the city. Please help our snowplow crews by making sure cars are not parked on the streets overnight.

The City would also like to take a moment to remind residents that it is against the law to blow/push/shovel the snow from your driveway into the public street. Thank you for your cooperation!

City code 8-111 states:
No person shall deposit or permit to be deposited on any public street in this City, leaves, grass, sand or similar materials, nor shall any person plow, shovel or blow or permit the plowing, shoveling or blowing of snow onto a public street in the City. Violation of this provision shall constitute a petty misdemeanor. This provision shall not apply to any person who is in the process of constructing or maintaining a yard or drive provided that the materials are immediately removed from the street. 


Winter parking reminder: Winter parking restrictions are in effect. This means vehicles cannot be parked on the street anytime between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. each night. Parking is also prohibited on public streets anytime there is an accumulation of three inches of snow, or until the street has been plowed from curb-to-curb. Once the snowplow has gone by, and the street has been thoroughly cleaned from curb-to-curb, parking can resume.

Fun facts about snowplowing:

  • It can take anywhere from 8-12 hours to do a full plowing of the city streets, cul-de-sacs and sidewalks based on the amount of staff and equipment at the City. A variety of factors can also determine the amount of time needed including the heaviness/wetness of the snow, if equipment breaks down during operations, etc.
  • The city has 440 lane miles of streets to plow and 374 cul-de-sacs
  • And if you added up all of the city-owned sidewalks and trails in the city, it's 120 miles. Plus there is another 30 miles of trails in city parks.


To read more about the City's specific policies regarding snowplowing, including the operational priorities, how we handle sidewalk plowing, etc., visit the City website.

Thanks for your help as our snowplow drivers truly appreciate it when we all work together!

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