Snow Plowing Methods


Snow shall be plowed in such a manner as to minimize any traffic obstructions. The center of the roadway shall be plowed first; subsequent passes by the plow shall move snow to the right side of the road. The final pass shall discharge the snow onto the boulevard area of the street.


In general, the center of the cul-de-sac shall be cleaned first by directing the snow into areas where there is adequate boulevard for snow storage. The plow shall then make a final pass, or two, around the outside of the cul-de-sac to clean the curb line. Due to the various designs of cul-de-sacs, driveway locations and hydrant placements, each cul-de-sac is unique and must be plowed accordingly.

Sand & Chemical Use

The primary treatment for ice control shall be a mixture of sand and salt (approximately 6 parts sand to 1 part salt). Pure salt or other chemicals, such as calcium chloride, may be applied during extreme icing conditions. Chemical use shall be kept to a minimum due to the effect of these chemicals on the environment.

The New Ulm Street Department does not attempt to maintain streets in a "bare pavement" condition during winter. Salt/sand mixture is applied at stop signs, intersections, at curves and on hills to promote traction on and melting of any ice build up.

Curb Side Mailboxes

It shall be the property owners' responsibility to maintain the mailbox post and supports in the proper condition and location.

The City shall assume responsibility for damage to a properly maintained and located mailbox that is directly struck by the plow. If the mailbox is damaged strictly by the snow being deposited on the boulevard by the plow, the damage shall be the property owners' responsibility.