Sweeping City streets ensures safe modes of transportation for all and clean roadways improving air and storm water quality. This includes cleaning over 230 miles of roadway and bike lanes.
The main sweeping takes place twice a year, once in the spring and also in the fall. It takes four to five weeks to get the entire City swept including parking lots and all hard surfaces, and weather predicts when this operation is in full swing.
- When will my street be plowed after a snow storm?
Streets will be plowed after a snow accumulation of 1.5 inches or more, drifting of snow that causes problems for travel and icy conditions that seriously affect travel.
Street Plowing Priority
- Primary: Major roads and those that provide access to medical services, fire stations, police and other critical services are plowed first. Those are followed by other key transportation streets, including those that provide access to schools and businesses.
- Secondary: Residential streets.
- Alleys: Plowed by a separate vehicle, usually along with or after secondary routes.
- Timing: Depending on storm severity and length, primary routes may be plowed several times before secondary routes. Crews try to plow secondary routes only once per storm, if reasonable, so homeowners only need to clear the end of their driveway one time.
Learn more about snow plowing.
- For sidewalk snow removal, which sidewalks are a resident’s responsibility, and which are the City’s?
Property owners must take care of removing snow and ice from sidewalks adjoining their properties within 48 hours of a winter storm.
The City maintains a portion of sidewalks in Edina, such as state aid roads, active routes to school and those within City parks or recreation facilities. These sidewalks are taken care of once the streets have been plowed.
View the Sidewalk Snow Maintenance Map (PDF) to see which sidewalks are maintained by the City and which are the responsibility of property owners.
- A plow hit and damaged my mailbox. Who is going to fix it?
At the homeowner’s request, the City will replace the mailbox with a standard-size, non-decorative metal mailbox and replace the support post, if necessary. Alternatively, the City will reimburse the mailbox owner the cost of repair parts, up to $100, for the replacement of the mailbox and post with a submitted receipt for replacement parts.
To request a repair or reimbursement, please fill out this form.
- A snow plow just left my street. Why is there a pile of snow at the end of my driveway?
Snow plows are not able to "skip" your driveway. Snow build up from plows may differ from home to home due to a variety of factors like corner lots, snow accumulation along the gutter line or distance between driveway openings.
- Who do I call for problems with my water and sewer service?
Please call Public Works directly at 952-826-0375 to report water/sewer problems.
Their regular office hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To report a water or sewer emergency outside of regular office hours, please call the City Dispatcher at 952-826-1600 for after-hours water/sewer emergencies.
- I need a dumpster on my property. What are my options?
There are two options for placement of these items:
1- Place on private property. (Driveway or yard). With this option, you can leave the items 24 hours a day until the project is done.
2- Place refuse containers (dumpsters) in a designated "Street Parking" lane. This is allowed for a maximum of 12 daytime hours before it needs to be removed. No exceptions. Refuse containers placed illegally will be ticketed and removed at the owner's expense.
You may not block a lane of traffic, bike lane, or bus lane and there is no permit allowing you to do so.
For more information, please contact the Planning Department at 952-826-0369.