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City of Bismarck crews continue efforts to keep open snow emergency routes during today’s winter storm. Due to significant snow fall and blowing and drifting snow conditions, crews have been forced to focus efforts on keeping snow emergency routes passable during the storm. Once the storm has passed and emergency routes remain open, crews will begin plowing operations on major arterial streets and then residential areas.
Due to the large amount of snow we have received with this storm, snow gates will not be as effective. Crews will make every effort to use the snow gates to make driveways passable (8 foot width driveways).
Crews will continue to work 24/7 until all streets have been plowed. Please drive with caution, slow down, and leave additional space between vehicles to allow for safe braking and unexpected actions.
Reminder: Depositing snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street is prohibited by City ordinance (10-03-04) and creates a traffic hazard by leaving windrows or piles of snow in travel lanes. The fine for this violation is up to $1,000.
Mailbox Clearance - It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear snow around their mailbox. If it is a cluster box, it is the responsibility of those residents to clear the snow from around the cluster box.
Adopt a Hydrant - With the recent snow event, we are asking for everyone’s help to clear snow from around the hydrants by “adopting” a hydrant in your neighborhood. This helps reduce the time it takes for the fire department to get water on a fire by ensuring that that we can find and access the fire hydrant when we need it most. By helping us you could save your neighbor’s house or your own in an emergency. The snow should be cleared 6 inches below all the caps and 3 to 4 feet around the hydrant. This gives firefighters the space they need to attach hoses and turn on water in case of a fire in your neighborhood. If you are a business owner, please take to time to ensure the hydrants in your area are kept clear also.”
Dumpsters - It is the property owner’s responsibility to clear snow around dumpsters. In order to ensure that the waste is emptied during the winter months the snow must be removed in front and around the container. The container must be moved a minimum of 7 feet from where it is setting in order to be emptied. The waste collection crew must be able to maneuver the container in order to hook it up to the truck.