When it snows, Eden Prairie maintenance crews clear 233 miles of City streets, in addition to arterial sidewalks and trails – county and state crews plow the highways.
Residents can help the snow removal efforts by shoveling around hydrants and mailboxes and by clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes — remember, it is illegal to place snow on a public roadway.
A snow emergency may be issued when snow accumulations reach 2 inches or more. Notification is made through news media, the City website, City News email and text notifications, Facebook and Nextdoor. All vehicles must be removed from City streets until the entire width of the roadway has been cleared.
Eden Prairie's recreational trails are maintained throughout the winter months for the public to enjoy; however, trails are not treated with sand and salt. Please use caution, wear appropriate footwear and remember that trail conditions are often inconsistent due to sun exposure, temperatures and usage.
Snowplowing and ice control operations can cause property damage, even under the best of circumstances. The major types of damage that can occur are in the City right of way, which extends approximately 10 to 15 feet beyond the curb, such as mailboxes, landscaping and garbage containers. The intent of the right of way is to provide room for snow storage, utilities and sidewalks. When there is a report of damage caused by snow removal equipment, the City cooperates with the property owner to determine if the damage is the responsibility of the City or the property owner.