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Posted on: February 21, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Bismarck Snow Removal Operations

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The City of Bismarck Roads and Streets Department is preparing for this week’s snow event.  Crews are plowing emergency routes and major arterial streets.  The first priority during the storm is to ensure emergency routes remain passable.  Blowing and drifting snow may be an issue with this storm.  City crews will work with emergency managers as a resource in emergency situations.


Crews continue to apply sand to city streets to combat the slippery conditions.  Salt brine water is added to the sand and salt crystals to allow it to melt ice below 18 degrees and the sand is used to help improve traction.  When temperatures are below zero degrees, the salt water encapsulating the salt crystal doesn’t melt the ice and the sand is blown off the streets by vehicle traffic and the wind.  


Please drive with caution, slow down, and leave additional space between vehicles to allow for safe braking and unexpected actions.   


Please move vehicles off streets to aid in snow removal operations. Keep them off the street until the plows have cleaned your street.


A reminder to businesses and residents:  According to City Ordinance (10-03-04) a person may not move, dump or deposit by any means any snow or ice accumulated on private property onto any public street, alley, or public right-of-way.  The fine for this violation is up to $1,000.


Adopt a Hydrant:  We ask 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 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 the 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.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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