Where Does the Snow Go?

MN Winter Landscape at SunsetMN Winter Landscape at Sunset, by danakosko

KSTP asks, “Have you ever wondered where the snow goes when it’s plowed?” I’m kind of ashamed to say that I’ve actually never thought about it. I was just glad it was gone.

According to Minnesota Department of Transportation officials, after trucks move the snow, it gets dumped off a short section of Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

Storage sites are hard to find, so MnDOT officials are actually keeping the dumping location a secret.

“The city has a storage site, but we don’t like to advertise that. We can have a problem with illegal dumpers; it’s a very small site. If it gets filled up, we can’t do our job for tax payers,” explained Mike Kennedy with the Minneapolis Public Works Department.

To give you an idea how much these secretive snow depositories have to hold—it takes about 150 truckloads just to clear Nicollet Mall.

Secret snow storage site? Illegal snow dumping? Exciting!

Also: At the end of the clip on KSTP, it is mentioned that snow and ice removal will be impacted by budget cuts. I’m a bit worried about what that means.

4 Comments so far

  1. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on December 23rd, 2008 @ 10:20 am

    At the Har Mar mall, they bring in a big propane-powered snow melter bin, and drop in snow from the big piles with a front-end loader.

    Very cool to watch as big cloud of steam rises from snow melter!

  2. cterhark on December 23rd, 2008 @ 11:05 am

    Last year, in the course of writing this little feature for METRO, I learned they used to take it to a spot on W. River Rd. in Minneapolis, just beneath the 35W bridge. They couldn’t take it there last year, obviously, but the lady I talked to at the city told me they’d probably resume dumping there this year. Not sure if they have or not. And she also sadly reported they don’t allow sledding at the dumping site, which sounds like a real lost revenue opportunity to me.

  3. Julie (julie) on December 23rd, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    Moffitt- Ouh, sweet. I wondered if anything like that was in use here!

    Terhark- That’s an awesome article. They could also make money selling the snow back to people who want extra snow.

  4. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on December 24th, 2008 @ 10:58 am

    Hmm. I wonder if John Brewer at the PiPress reads Minneapolis Metblogs?

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