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Posted on: January 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Bismarck Snow Removal Operations

The City of Bismarck Roads and Streets Department have begun plowing emergency routes, major arterial streets, and schools.  Please move vehicles off streets to aid in snow removal operations.  Keep them off the street until the plows have cleaned the street.  Residential streets will not be plowed unless we receive 4 inches of snow.  


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 or penalty for the violation shall not exceed $1,500.00, and the imprisonment shall not exceed thirty days.


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.


Please drive with caution and allow more space for stopping distance and allow more room between vehicles.   Thank you for your cooperation.

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