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Snow Removal on Sidewalks and Trails

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Property owners are responsible for keeping public sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow (Plymouth City Code Section 820). Snow and ice should be removed within 48 hours of the snow event. Failure to do so may result in a fine to the property owner. Exceptions are made for sidewalks covered by the city’s sidewalk maintenance program, which designates which sidewalks are maintained by the city.

City of Plymouth plowing trails and sidewalksIn order to provide the highest level of service, the city has established schools as the top priority for snow removal, then mass transit, high-density housing and commercial areas. 

The goal of the city's snow removal efforts is simple – to allow for safe travel by pedestrians and vehicles throughout the City of Plymouth. Pedestrians should always use caution on plowed sidewalks and trails, as there may be slippery patches. View snow plow safety tips.

Fast Facts

  • There are about 173 miles of trails in Plymouth
  • City Council has approved snow removal on approximately 114 miles of trails 
  • Snow removal on designated trails and sidewalks is subject to available personnel and financial resources 
  • Designated trails/sidewalks will not be cleared to bare pavement 
  • Due to environmental concerns, the use of chemical agents and sand is prohibited

Snow removal after a typical snowfall between 3-5 inches takes approximately 36 hours to complete. If snow falls over a long time period, crews may return to repeatedly clean trails and sidewalks – especially when street plows push snow onto the trails and sidewalks.

Thanks for Your Patience
Residents are asked to be patient. Crews will finish clearing designated sidewalks and trails, but it may take multiple visits and more time – especially in poor weather conditions.

Parks & Forestry Division
Plymouth Maintenance Facility | 14900 23rd Ave. | Plymouth, MN 55447
P 763.509.5940 | F 763.509.5955 |

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