Winter Street Cleaning

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What Can Residents Do?

 

  • Leave vehicles off the streets until plows have gone by. This allows equipment to clear the area the first time through without having to return to clear later. Vehicles may be towed.
  • Limit themselves to essential travel only.
  • SLOW DOWN and allow extra time for travel.
  • Drive no closer than 50 feet behind our equipment.
  • Be understanding of the fact that the citizen's goal and the City's goal is the same: to clear snow in the most efficient, practical, systematic, and safe manner.
  • Residents are required to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours after the end of snowfall.  If you do not remove the snow from the sidewalk within this time frame, City of Grand Forks may remove or cause to be removed all snow and ice from the sidewalks and approach walks adjacent to resident property at the expense of owner or occupant. 
    • 16-0301. Snow and ice—Removal from sidewalks.

      The owner or occupant of any building, grounds or premises within the limits of the city shall keep the sidewalks and approach walks adjacent to the same free from snow and ice. The superintendent of streets may remove or cause to be removed all snow and ice from the sidewalks and approach walks adjacent to any such building, or grounds, or premises whose owner or occupants shall refuse or fail to remove such snow and ice within twenty-four (24) hours after the same has fallen or accumulated, at the expense of such owner or occupant. The cost and expense of such removal of snow and ice by the superintendent of streets shall be assessed against, and shall be a lien upon, the adjacent property where such snow and ice is removed from the sidewalk or approach walk by the superintendent of streets. However, no person shall be required to remove snow and ice during the continuance of any snowstorm.

  • Do not shovel, blow or plow snow from driveways into or across the road. This practice is prohibited by city ordinance and can cause a serious traffic hazard. If possible, it is best to place snow on the side of the driveway opposite the direction from which the plow is coming. That way, the plow will carry snow away from the driveway rather than back into it. 
    • 16-0317. Depositing of snow or ice on city streets or sidewalks prohibited.

      (1)

      No person shall deposit or cause any snow or ice to be deposited upon any city street or sidewalk; nor shall snow or ice be deposited or moved upon public or private property so as to create a traffic hazard or to interfere in any manner with the vision or view of a driver of a motor vehicle or pedestrian at or near street intersections or where traffic merges or near school/pedestrian crossings.

      (2)

      No person shall deposit any snow or ice removed from any parking lot, filling station area, driveways, or from any other private property upon any public or city property or city street or sidewalk.

      (3)

      No person shall deposit or cause any snow or ice to be deposited on or against any fire hydrant or traffic-signal-control device or traffic sign or appurtenance; or any loading and unloading area of a public transportation system or emergency access land.

  • When possible, wait until the street has been plowed before cleaning out the end of the driveway. There is no practical way to plow a street without depositing snow into driveways. Please understand the Streets Department cannot go back and shovel or plow out the end of any private driveway.
  • Help reduce the possibility of broken or damaged property including mailbox posts. All plow operators are urged to take precautions to avoid hitting anything. Reduced visibility and slippery conditions make it difficult for drivers to see objects in time to avoid striking them. Any installation within the highway right-of-way, including a mailbox, is placed there at the owner's risk. Therefore, owners are encouraged to put mailboxes at the furthest practical distance back from the paved surface, at a mounting height of at least 43". Reflectors are useful and should be mounted to be visible from all approaches. Posts should be checked periodically for deterioration or rot to reduce the possibility of their being broken off simply by the weight of plowed snow.
  • The Streets Department does not have a dispatcher on duty except during normal workdays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (call 746-2570). During a bad storm please call only when absolutely necessary.
  • Do not be confused by plow trucks riding with their plows up. They may be going in for fuel, repairs, or headed for another area.
  • Finally, please be patient.The city has approximately 625 centerline miles of road, 40 miles of alley and approximately 40 miles of bike paths to clear. Snow removal is an arduous and time-consuming job; we strive to accomplish this task in a safe and timely manner.

To contact the Streets Department:

Phone: 701-738-8740
FAX: 701-738-8749

724 N. 47th St.
Grand Forks, ND 58203

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