Brush Up On Snowplow Safety And Winter Parking Ordinances

Winter arrived early this morning, and City crews spent the day clearing snow and ice from streets and sidewalks. Get ready for the next blast by brushing up on City snow removal and parking ordinances.

Winter Parking

This fall the City Council amended the City Code to prohibit parking on public streets and alleys Nov 1–March 31 from midnight–6 am daily. Vehicles may be parked on private property in parking lots and driveways. The change was based on input from residents expressing concerns about safety and how parked vehicles impact snow and ice removal. To request a temporary exemption, fill out the online“Winter Parking Waiver” form. Please note that all waivers are temporary and void during snow emergencies (2+ inches of snow accumulation).

Parking is also prohibited on public streets after a snowfall of at least two inches until the snow has stopped falling and the street has been plowed to the curb line. During a large snow storm the City may plow a street multiple times. Keeping parked vehicles off the street will help crews efficiently and effectively clear the snow. Vehicles in violation are cited by patrolling police. Vehicles found to be obstructing traffic or snowplows, and those still in violation after 24 hours, may be towed.

Ideally, City crews plow or treat the streets in the early morning before rush hour. Vehicles parked on the street hamper crews from treating areas of the road and cause potential hazards should a plow truck slide on the icy roads they are there to address.

Stay informed of weather forecasts and move your vehicle from the streets whenever snow is in the forecast. The City of Golden Valley also emails or texts snow emergency alerts–sign up here. The Snow Emergency option is at the bottom of the list, under the subhead “Streets and Utilities.”

Snowplow Safety

To keep traffic moving, City crews first plow main collector and arterial streets that connect neighborhoods to state and county roads. Please help them do their job effectively by driving safely and observing these guidelines.

  • Yield to snowplows. They may be traveling at slower than posted speeds.
  • Do not pass a snowplow on the right. That is where they are generally pushing the snow from the road.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room to do their job. Stay at least 50 feet behind the plow at all times.
  • Be observant. At intersections snowplows may need to back up to re-position themselves to push snow out of the way or start plowing a different street.
  • Be patient. Snowplows are out on the road to clear it and help you get to your destination safely.
  • Do not cut the snowplow off. Keep in mind that snow plows weighs 17 times as much as a car and their stopping distance, especially on snow, is a lot longer than a car’s.
  • Turn your headlights on. This makes you more visible to plow drivers (and other drivers).

Mailbox Reminders

Please remember the City will only repair mailboxes actually hit by a snowplow and installed to USPS Residential Mailbox Standards. The City will not be responsible for damage to mailboxes or support posts caused by snow or ice coming into contact with the mailbox.

Should a plow come into direct contact with your mailbox, call Public Works at 763-593-8030. If it is found there was direct contact between the plow and mailbox, the City will repair the mailbox to an operational state. If the mailbox cannot be adequately repaired, the City will replace the mailbox with a standard size, non-decorative metal mailbox. The City may also replace the support post as necessary with a 4” x 4”, decay resistance, wood support post, if necessary. It is important to note that dents, scratches, or other superficial damage that does not inhibit normal use of the mailbox will be considered normal wear and tear and will not be repaired or replaced by the City.

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