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How to help the county with plowing

The Crow Wing County Highway Department is reminding residents that pushing snow from driveways across roadways or into public right-of-ways is a misdemeanor under Minnesota law.

The Crow Wing County Highway Department is reminding residents that pushing snow from driveways across roadways or into public right-of-ways is a misdemeanor under Minnesota law.

Depositing snow and ice onto a public roadway can cause a hazard for motorists. Snow and ice deposited into public right-of-ways can be a danger for snowmobiles and leaves less space for the snow removed from highways. Instead, deposit it behind the shoulder line to help ensure public safety.

To avoid having snow deposited at the end of the driveway during plowing operations, clear an area next to the road before the driveway. The snow carried by the plow will drop in the open area and not on the end of the plowed driveway.

When marking driveways, use blue or white reflectors placed at least 12 feet from the outside edge of the shoulder. Using red or yellow reflectors can be confused with motor vehicle lights.

Garbage cans left on the shoulder can impact snow removal operations. Place garbage cans behind the shoulder so the snow plow has room to properly clear the snow from the roadway and shoulder area.

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Sign up for text and email alerts at www.crowwing.us/list.aspx to stay current with Crow Wing County snow plowing operations.

For more information, contact the highway department office at www.crowwing.us/index.aspx?nid=171 or 218-824-1110.

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