Olmsted Co. cautions residents it’s illegal to dump, plow or push snow onto highway

(ABC 6 News) – Snow is back in the forecast this week, and Olmsted County wants to remind residents of their snow removal policy.

The county says 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 statute is a misdemeanor.

Snow dumped onto highways can cause snowdrifts and be a hazard not only to motorists, but snowplows as some have been ditched and damaged from compacted and frozen snow.

The county says any person responsible for depositing snow on the highway may be liable in a civil lawsuit if damages or injuries occur as a result.

To view Olmsted County’s snow removal policy, CLICK HERE.