Snow Removal Policy

Pipestone County, in order to provide snow removal for the residents of Pipestone County and the traveling public, has established the following procedures and guidelines.

Snowplows will usually not be dispatched until after snowfall has stopped. During extended periods of snowfall, exceptions may be made. The snowplows will not be sent out in situations that may be hazardous due to restricted visibility. Snow plows will be dispatched during the normal working day schedule except for when the snowfall has ended and one or more of the following conditions exist.

- Snow accumulation that causes problems for travel.
- Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel.
- Icy conditions which seriously affects travel.
- Conditions are such that early removal on heavy traveled roadways will prevent compaction and ease snow removal efforts.

Snow will be plowed in a manner so as to minimize any traffic obstructions and to open all roads as quickly as possible. The center of the roadway will be opened first. Upon opening all the roadways in the area, the snow will be pushed back to the roadway shoulders. Sanding will be done after the roadway has been opened and only in problem areas on paved roads such as intersections, curves, hills, and bridges. Sanding will not normally be done on the entire length of the roadway. Snow will be plowed utilizing trucks and/or motor graders. On municipal streets, snow will be pushed back to the curb and possibly onto the boulevard.

Snow removal will be accomplished by blowing the snow off the roadway and shoulder onto adjacent land in the rural areas. Blowing snow will be done in areas where accumulated piles of snow create a hazardous condition or will help future drifting problems. Snow will not normally be removed by County forces on municipal streets.

Snow will be plowed in the municipal limits first and then rural areas. Higher traffic roads and bus routes (normally paved roads) will be the first rural roadways to be plowed.