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Rochester, MN  55904

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NEWS RELEASE: Salt/Sand Mixture Available for Residents to Treat Icy Sidewalks

Post Date:01/09/2018

Contact: Brett Jenkinson
Public Works Engineering Project Manager
507-328-2466 or

In the interest of public safety, Rochester Public Works reminds residents to stay on top of sidewalk ice removal responsibilities. Rochester City Ordinance 72.02 requires property owners with a public sidewalk or path abutting their property to fully remove snow and ice within 24-hours after a snowfall. The full sidewalk width must be free of snow and ice and pathways must have a clear path that is at least 5 feet wide.

We also request residents to preemptively apply sand and/or salt to sidewalk areas prone to freeze-thaw cycles. If there is a transit or school bus stop on your property, please consider treating these areas as it is much appreciated by transit users. The city provides residents a bucket-worth of free salt/sand mixture at two locations in town: in northeast behind the Fiesta Café in the Northbrook Shopping Center, and in southwest at the end of 1st Ave SW next to the YMCA. Residents must bring their own supplies as buckets/bags and shovels are not provided by the city. Residents are encouraged to sweep up any salt and sand left on bare pavement to save it for future re-use and to prevent it from running off into nearby waterways.

More information on property owner’s responsibilities for sidewalk snow removal can be found at

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