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Reminder To Not Dump Snow In Highway Right of Way





For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Contact: Kristi Sandal, Public Information Officer, 605.773.3265 

 

PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches. 

 

“The state saw some significant snowfall in many areas last weekend and as folks continue to clean up, we are seeing more & more snow being placed in the state right of way,” said Kristi Sandal, public information officer. “Piling snow in the state right of way can be very dangerous for motorists by restricting sight distance or creating an extreme hazard if a vehicle leaves the roadway.”

 

Violation of the anti-dumping law is a Class 1 misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year in jail, $2,000 in fines, or both. It is the policy of the SDDOT to remove snow that has been illegally piled within the highway right of way that may be a safety hazard. In addition, violators will be billed for the costs of removing illegally dumped snow.

 

“The space within the right of way needs to be reserved for future snowfall so the department’s plow operators have a place to put that snow. If the ditches are full of snow dumped by private and commercial entities, it severely hampers the department’s ability to clear roadways and make them safe for travel,” says Sandal.

 

Snow piles that remain adjacent to the road may cause additional drifting and visibility problems posing more safety hazards to travelers, as well as additional expenses for manpower and equipment to remove the illegally dumped snow.

 

Property owners and access users are reminded it is their responsibility to remove snow from the ends of driveways and around their own mailboxes.

 

The department asks landowners and commercial snow-removal operators to keep excess snow on private property or haul it to legal dumping sites.

 

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