Maple Grove plows approximately 300 miles of city roadway and 700 cul-de-sacs using various types of equipment.
When does plowing begin?
Plowing or salting operations begin when road conditions make driving difficult and are also dependent upon time of day, current snow depth, and forecast.
What streets are plowed first?
Arterial and collector streets are plowed on a priority basis followed by residential streets. Cul-de-sacs are plowed curb-to-curb using front-end loaders or smaller plow trucks after residential streets are cleared.
What about sidewalks?
Sidewalks and paths near schools are given plowing precedence. Followed by sidewalks adjacent to major thoroughfares and secondary pathways. View a map of the sidewalks the city plows.
Who do I call about snow removal concerns?
City streets: Contact the Maple Grove Public Works Department at 763-494-6370.
County roads: Hennepin County clears the snow and ice from the county roads within Maple Grove. Please call Hennepin County at 612-596-0299 with any issues. View a simplified map of county roads.
- Parking on city streets is prohibited following a snowfall of 2 inches or greater until the roadway has been cleared curb-to-curb.
- Parking on city streets is prohibited from 2 to 6 a.m. year-round.
- Per Minnesota state statute, it is unlawful to plow snow onto the road.
- Place all recycling bins, garbage bins, basketball hoops, and all other obstructions at least 5 feet into the driveway to lessen the possibility of damage or tipping during snowplowing.
- The owner and/or the occupant is required to clear the sidewalks in front of or adjacent to their property within 12 hours after the snow has stopped falling. (Ordinance Sec. 14-126)
Mailbox placement in relation to the curb is important in avoiding possible damage to the mailbox and/or post. The City of Maple Grove follows the United States Postal Service (USPS) guidelines as follows:
- Mailboxes and any accessory paper boxes must be mounted at a minimum height of 41 inches above the street level to reduce the possibility of damage during winter snowplowing operations.
- Place the mailbox 6 to 8 inches behind the grass/concrete curb edge. The front of the mailbox should be installed behind the back edge of the concrete curb. Doing so allows the snowplow blade to pass under the mailbox and in front of the post without causing damage.
- Mailbox posts should be in good condition and not rotted or rusted.
- Paper boxes mounted below mailboxes do not allow for snow equipment to pass under and can cause an indirect hit to the mailbox. The city will not fix paper boxes when struck and/or mounted lower than USPS recommendations.
- The homeowner is responsible for clearing snow around the mailbox. The city will not replace mailboxes or posts damaged due to the weight of the snow.
For more information and tips, watch the CCX Media news story about Maple Grove snow removal.