Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Snow & Ice Control

Snow and ice control is a large, important task managed through our Public Works department. Various policies and much helpful information is outlined below in hopes of keeping the public informed and our streets safe during the winter.

Parking Restriction

Parking Restriction

The City of Eagan has an odd/even winter parking schedule in place from November 15 – April 15:

From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On even days: Parking is ALLOWED on the side of the street with EVEN house addresses.
On odd days: Parking is ALLOWED on the side of the street with ODD house addresses

From 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Parking is ALLOWED on BOTH sides of the street EVERY NIGHT.

This ordinance is in effect from November 15 to April 15 whether there is snow on the ground or not. Vehicles in violation of the parking ordinance may be ticketed and/or towed. The reason for the ordinance is to provide for more efficient and safer snow removal, and to help identify abandoned or disabled vehicles. Any object (fences, landscaping, etc.) that could hamper or be damaged by the snow removal operations should be removed from the boulevard area.  Garbage awaiting pick-up must be placed at least 4 ft. behind the curb line.

Policy

Snow & Ice Control Policy

City of Eagan Snow & Ice Control Policy for City Streets

County Roads including Pilot Knob Road, Yankee Doodle Road, Lone Oak Road, Diffley Road, Cliff Road and Lexington Avenue are managed and plowed by Dakota County.

State Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue), Highway 13, Highway 149, and Highway 55 are managed and plowed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) , as are Interstate 35E and Interstate 494.

See a view from a plow video (Video courtesy of MnDOT).


Trails & Sidewalks

Trails & Sidewalks

Approximately 80.06 miles of the total 123.37 miles of boulevard trails and sidewalks will be plowed during the 2016-2017 winter season.  All winter trail maintenance is performed by City personnel after roadway snow removal operations are complete.  Snow removal operations on trails and sidewalks is performed by City personnel during the standard work day and limited overtime hours, as directed by the Transportation Operations Engineer or his designee.  For safety reasons, no operator shall work more than a twelve-hour shift in any twenty-four hour period.

Each spring, the City Council reviews residents' petitions to add new segments of trail and sidewalk to the City's plow route for the following winter.  The Eagan Winter Sidewalk & Trail Policy states that no segment of sidewalk will be considered for plowing unless accompanied by a petition of 50 properties lying within 1/2 mile of the segment.  All petitions must be submitted in writing by April 1st.  Petitions are presented to the City Council at a workshop.  Formal action will be taken at a subsequent regular Council meeting for possible inclusion into the following season's program.

This map shows the 2016-2017 sidewalk and trail plow routes.

A Priority Response Plan (“Plan”) supplements that Policy to provide a basis for determining trail plowing sequence in situations where conditions exceed available personnel and equipment resources. 

For additional information, please contact Eagan Central Maintenance at (651) 675-5300 or use the City's Citizen Support Center to find an answer, ask a question, or make a request.

Removing snow from sidewalks and trails in the winter is a big job. View this slideshow to learn more about the City's winter trail maintenance plan.

Curb Lines

Mark your curb line...Free wooden stakes are provided to Eagan residents, up to 8 per household, to mark your curb lines in preparation for winter plowing. Stakes are available the beginning of winter outside the front doors of the Eagan Maintenance Facility, 3501 Coachman Point. They are available 24/7. 

 



Culdesacs

The City of Eagan maintains over 600 cul-de-sacs during a snow event.  Neighbors can petition to have their cul-de-sac plowed a certain way.  Signatures are required from each resident in the cul-de-sac to show 100% agreement.  All petitions are considered upon receipt but changes approved on petitions submitted after October 31st will not be put in effect until the following winter season.  Please note that regardless of how the cul-de-sac is plowed, snow will still land at the end of all driveways as the plow circles through.

Residents can petition to have their cul-de-sac plowed in one of the two following manners:

  • Clear to curb:  Results in a larger pile of snow at the houses at the end of the cul-de-sac and along one specified address in the cul-de-sac.
  • Pile in the center of the cul-de-sac:  This option is not always possible due to the size of the cul-de-sac.

 

ROW Damage

Mailbox Damage
The City replaces mailboxes that are damaged, broken or knocked down only if there was a direct contact by a City plow or City vehicle provided the mailbox was installed and maintained to City and postal specifications.  Those specifications require mailboxes be located at least 48" above the street level with the forward bottom corner located behind the back of the curb.  The mailbox post must be 10’’ behind the curb line. Mailboxes and support posts need to be in good condition.  Check to be sure it is not worn or cracked or unstable.  If the damage meets the criteria, we will add them to our mailbox repair list and repair accordingly when weather permits in the spring. 

Garbage Containers
Residents’ garbage containers need to be at least 3 feet from the end of their driveway if it is a covered garbage receptacle and 8 ft. for uncovered receptacle.  If the container is knocked over and it did not meet these specifications the City will not pick up trash; it is the owner’s responsibility (code section 10.01).

Right-of-Way Damage
Sprinkler head, driveway, fence and landscaping - Snowplowing operations deposit snow off the traveled portion of the public right of way onto the adjacent boulevard and drainage easement areas.  The City will not be responsible for damage to any objects/amenities (sprinkler heads, driveway, fences, landscaping, etc.) located in these publicly dedicated areas, up to 13 (thirteen) feet off the street (code section 7.06).

 

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