Dumping or leaving snow in public roadways is not allowed
The Rice County Highway Department and City of Northfield reminds all residents and snow removal operators that it is unlawful to deposit snow onto public roadways or municipally owned parking areas. This includes snow left on the roadway as a plow or snowblower enters or leaves a driveway.
Piles of snow deposited onto public roadways may re-freeze and create a significant hazard to the travelling public and future snow removal operations.
Other hazards created by improper placement of snow on or near a public roadway include drainage problems, drifting, sight obstruction and impaired safe accessibility.
Violations are considered a misdemeanor, and civil penalties also may apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard that contributes to a motor vehicle crash and or pedestrian injury. The civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person who places the snow.