By November 1 every year, Minnetonka Public Works snow removal crews have been assigned and more than 29 vehicles, from dump trucks to motorgraders to pickups, have been prepped and are ready to roll in event of a snowfall.
Frost patrol starts in December and continues through February. Public Works employees are on the roads at 5 a.m. five days a week to check for frost and light snow. Should they find these conditions, chemicals are spread to increase traction and promote melting. Chemical control trucks work just about every day, with major efforts occurring about 25 times a year.
When two or more inches of snow have accumulated, snow and ice control operations move from sanding and salting to plowing the snow to the sides of the street. In most cases, plowing operations begin between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.; the exact time depends on the predicted start of the snow storm, intensity of snowfall, and the expected end to the snowfall.
During heavy snowfalls, snow removal is accomplished in three separate steps, so plan your driveway snow shoveling or blowing accordingly.
- The first pass provides an initial access path down streets.
- After all streets have received a first pass, full-width plowing takes place, often within a few hours of the first pass.
- Final cleanup occurs the next day and includes intersection cleanup, chemical control and plowing where vehicles were parked.
Find answers to a few top concerns regarding snowplowing:
- Sand and salt use on roads
- Snowplow damage
- Concrete driveways (on roads without concrete curb and gutter)
- Recycling and garbage during snowplowing
- When will my road be plowed?
- Snow emergencies
Here are a few more common questions:
Why do people living in cul-de-sacs seem to receive more snow in their driveways than people living on regular streets?
Snow removal in cul-de-sacs is challenging because of the way driveways are situated. As much as possible, plow drivers try to plow snow away from driveways and deposit it in open areas of the cul-de-sac.
Can I push my excess snow into or across the street?
City ordinances require that snow be placed on the right-of-way adjacent to the closest property. It should not be pushed into or across the street. If you use a contractor to clear your snow, it is your responsibility to make the contractor aware of city snow removal guidelines.
Does the city plow out fire hydrants?
With more than 3,500 fire hydrants in Minnetonka, it’s impossible for public works crews to remove snow from around all of them. You’ll save precious minutes in event of a fire by adopting a hydrant and keeping it clear of snow throughout the winter.