Pedestrian Snow Removal Best Practices and Lessons Learned

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is currently reviewing its policy on snow and ice removal from pedestrian and bicycle facilities. This report serves to provide MnDOT with a comprehensive review of existing practices and policies from other states, as well as a summary of valuable publications that could be referenced while developing a new policy. An online survey was sent out to employees that are directly involved with snow and ice removal operations at various state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) from around the country. Many respondents started, but did not complete the survey, as their DOT does not clear snow and ice on pedestrian or bicycle facilities. A total of seven DOT’s completed the entire survey. A thorough search of publications regarding cities around the world was also conducted. This search echoed the survey as there are not many state DOTs that clear snow and ice from pedestrian facilities in urban areas. Most snow and ice removal is left to local agencies that in turn pass on the responsibility of clearing these areas to property owners.


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  • Accession Number: 01601708
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: May 31 2016 1:52PM