The St. Anthony Public Works Department (PW) monitors local radar and newscasts, along with seven-day, two-day and 24-hour forecasts. In addition, PW remains in communication with other local municipalities to remain prepared for ice/snow removal throughout St. Anthony.
24 hours prior to a snow/ice event when conditions are appropriate, PW will send out a F-250 flatbed pickup truck that includes a 300 gallon tank and spray bar, to pre-wet main roads with a 23% salt-brine solution. This mix includes 200 pounds of salt per 300 gallons of water. It typically takes 100-200 gallons of the salt-brine solution during each snow/ ice-related event.
Plowing Main Roads
Typically, PW will begin plowing 30 minutes prior to the end of a snow/ice event. Routes run with a total of four single-axle plow trucks, working in teams of two staff members. Routes are divided into two primary zones; 33rd Avenue NE divides the north and south route, followed by the parking lots at City Hall, the Police and Fire departments, and the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District.
Plowing Residential Streets and Sidewalks
PW will begin plowing residential streets and sidewalks once they are finished with clearing the main roads. The following resources are used to clear residential areas, which can take approximately two to three hours to complete:
A total of four single-axle plow trucks are placed on routes that are divided into four quadrants of the City.
Two sidewalk machines are placed on routes that are divided into two zones.
Cul-de-sacs, alleys, and short roads are cleared with two-ton and one-ton pickup trucks.
Even though Public Works strives to clear snow throughout the City in a timely manner, it's helpful when property owners/occupants help maintain their sidewalks to prevent unsafe, unwalkable conditions.
Bare pavement is not always possible due to harsh winter conditions. Public Works does not apply rock salt (as a general rule) to sidewalks due to our City's environmental sustainability efforts:
Salt eventually finds its way into lakes, rivers, streams & ponds causing environmental damage.
Salt is harmful to plants, trees, wildlife and pets.