The Olmsted County Highway Division would like to caution residents that it is UNLAWFUL TO DUMP, PLOW, OR PUSH SNOW FROM PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS ONTO THE HIGHWAY. Under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 160.2715, violation of the above statute is a misdemeanor.
Snow dumped on highways, or the right of way can create a hazard not only for motorists, but also for snowplows. Even heavy snowplows have been ditched and damaged when hitting compacted and frozen snow.
Snow pushed onto a highway may cause snowdrifts, which are hazardous to motorists. The person responsible for depositing snow on the highway may also be liable in a civil lawsuit if damages or injuries occur as a result of this action.
We urge you, as good neighbors, and motorists, not to add to the hazards of winter driving.
Benjamin Johnson, P.E.
Director of Public Works / County Engineer, Olmsted County