Streets & Plowing
After street sweeping is completed, street maintenance will begin. The Public Works, Street Department division, will work systematically throughout the city to fix repairs such as patching of roads, catch basin repairs, boulevard maintenance, curb repairs, manhole, and water main valve adjustments, seal coating projects, crack filling projects, and drainage maintenance.
To report a problem/repair contact the Public Services Department.
Snowplowing operations generally commence with accumulations of two inches or more. Lesser accumulation may also trigger operations if they are combined with icy or drifting conditions. To keep traffic moving, crews first plow streets that connect neighborhoods to State and County roads. Plowing operations stop if strong winds and drifting result in unsafe conditions; plowing resumes when conditions improve. For evening or overnight accumulations, all available workers begin plowing streets at 3 AM. For typical snowfalls, it generally takes 7 to 9 hours for our Public Works Department to clear the 104 lane miles of city streets.
The City of Lino Lakes does its best to clear trails and sidewalks across the city. Trails and sidewalks in close proximity to schools receive higher priority and are plowed quickly after a snow event. Other trails are cleared as time allows in the days following a snow event. Please note there are a few trails throughout the city that are left unplowed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding snow removal on sidewalks and trails, please contact the Public Services Department.
The City of Lino Lakes follows guidelines within the Minnesota Snow & Ice Management Handbook to only apply salt and/or sand on curves and intersections on most City streets. Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets may have few if any, areas of bare pavement. Excessive road salt can be harmful to the environment. Our goal is to limit salt use, while at the same time, keeping our roadways reasonably safe.
Snowplows must often operate when visibility is hampered by blowing snow, fog, or darkness. These conditions make it difficult for the operator to see the edge of the pavement or curb. To help prevent sod damage, simply mark the edge of the road or curb along with the property with two-foot-tall reflective or brightly colored stakes placed at about twenty-foot intervals. Lathe is available free of charge for delivery by contacting our Street Supervisor. If your mailbox or sod is damaged by a snowplow, please contact Public Services in the spring to request a repair.