City Urges Residents to Clear Sidewalks

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 06, 2019 02:33 PM

Although many roadways are mostly cleared of snow from the massive storm in Duluth, sidewalks remain a concern.


Cars are also parking so far out on the street due to the snow, that traffic traveling on two way streets are sharing one lane.

The City of Duluth says private property owners are the backbone of the sidewalk snow clearing system.

The ordinance requires all private property owners to clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours of a storm. Just make sure you don't throw that snow into the street, it's against the law.

Folks are also encouraged to clear snow blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant or catch basin.

The City of Duluth reminds residents that this also applies to sidewalks that are on their clearing list.

"Citizens retain primary responsibility for clearing their sidewalks, even if those sidewalks are identified on the city's sidewalk clearing priority map," said Jim Filby Williams, the Property Parks & Library Director for the City of Duluth.

This rule also applies if plows rebury the sidewalk. If you don't follow the ordinance, a citation or order for clearing will be issued along with a fee.

The city is doing their part too in clearing sidewalks. They focus on clearing safe routes to school sidewalks, high pedestrian traffic areas, sidewalks along public transit routes, mid-level pedestrian traffic areas, and park facilities.

Regarding snow banks affecting visibility on the roads, the city said they'll do their best to remove the snow in needed areas for everyone's safety.

"There may be locations that are so high traffic where sight lines are so obstructed where we will do our very best to try and remove some of the snow and alleviate those problems but our ability to do that is limited," said Filby Williams.

The city is asking residents to report uncleared sidewalks by calling the Winter Watch Hotline at 218-730-5100.

To learn more about the sidewalk ordinance in Duluth, click here.


Alejandra Palacios

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