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Snow and Ice Removal
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The City of Burnsville maintains over 225 miles of streets. All departments, including streets, utilities, parks, fleet and forestry take part in the snow removal and de-icing process during the winter months.

On average, the City of Burnsville receives 48” of snow per year, resulting in crews plowing anywhere from 15-25 times per year, depending on snowfall amounts and totals.

There are 18 full plow routes maintained with equally as many pieces of heavy equipment, including but not limited to:

  • 11 Single Axles
  • 4   Tandems
  • 2   Front End Loaders
  • 1   Motor Grader
  • 6   One Ton Pickups

Streets are plowed and de-iced in the following priority:

  1. Main Thoroughfares
  2. Commercial / Industrial
  3. Collectors / Steep Grades
  4. Residential

In order to fulfill our duties during a full plow event, crews will usually begin plowing around 3:00 am, dependent on snowfall amounts, and timing of the storm. We rely on the public to comply with city policies, such as:

  • Knowing and understanding the City of Burnsville Snow and Ice control procedures
  • Keeping up with weather forecasts and preparing for any adverse weather conditions
  • Not parking vehicles on public streets
  • Maintaining a safe distance from emergency and maintenance vehicles
  • Expecting maintenance vehicles to stop and back up frequently
  • Removing garbage cans and recycling bins from the roadways and keeping them at a safe distance in the proper driveway
  • Not discharging snow onto roadways or sidewalks
  • Always remember to drive carefully and be courteous during unfavorable driving conditions
  • Assisting to fulfill and comply with these procedures will result in peak performance and a well maintained community

Snow Removal of Sidewalks and Parking Lots

Along with over 225 miles of streets to maintain, there are over 25 public parking lots, 120 miles of public sidewalks, and 20 miles of park paths that require snow removal services. Contractors assist the city in removing snow from public sidewalks when snowfall amounts exceed 2 inches. This does, however, depend on time, temperature, and future weather forecasts.

Along with our city staff, school district representatives, and other relevant personnel, we review these routes annually to prioritize them in the importance in which is necessary. School access, bus route access, church access, are all taken into consideration when developing or changing sidewalk priorities.

Sidewalk snow removal will begin on the same day as street plowing. If winter conditions become too severe to continue sidewalk plowing, only the high priority areas will be focused on for access. These walks include sidewalks adjacent to schools. All other walks will be accessible as soon as it is possible for our crews and contractors to safely continue.


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