In a typical snowstorm, plowing begins at 2 a.m. Public Works crews clear more than 160 miles of streets, using dump trucks, pickup trucks, tractors, skid steer loaders and wheel loaders. Plowing and salting operations begin on the main arterial roads, collector streets and emergency routes. Next, local streets, cul de sacs, alleys, parking lots and certain sidewalks and trails are cleared.
Scott County maintains county state aid highways (including Marschall Road). The State of Minnesota Department of Transportation maintains Highway 169. Neighborhood associations clear private streets, alleys, and sidewalks. A map of city vs. county-maintained roads is available on City Maps.
Winter Parking Regulations
After a snowfall of 2 inches or more or when the city administrator declares a snow emergency, all vehicles must be removed from city streets to allow for efficient snow removal operations (City Code 90.04).
These parking restrictions are effective until the snow has been plowed from curb to curb on those public streets. Read more about winter parking regulations.
Snow Removal Tips
Residents can help the snow removal efforts in several ways:
- Clear the sidewalks adjacent to your home. Property owners are responsible for clearing snow/ice on sidewalks adjacent to residential properties within 36 hours and commercial properties within 24 hours. Please note: During extreme snow events, city staff cannot meet the timelines set for in City Code 90.04 along collector streets and county roads.
- Do not put snow on roadways. Minnesota statute and Shakopee ordinance prohibit plowing, shoveling, blowing or placing snow onto public roadways.
- Shovel around hydrants and mailboxes. Shovel a three-foot path from the road to the hydrant and a minimum of three feet on all sides of the hydrant.
- Install sturdy mailboxes. Mailboxes should be sturdy enough to withstand snow coming off the end of the plow. If damage occurs due to snow hitting a box, the city is not responsible for repairs. The city will repair or replace mailboxes and turf only in those instances where direct impact by a plow truck causes the damage.
- Consider shoveling a path for meter readers or mail carriers in your yard or between yards.
- Keep neighborhood storm drains free of snow and ice to allow snow melt to drain properly.
- Place garbage containers at least 2 feet back from the curb to avoid contact with snowplows.