How Well Does Your City Plow Roads?

After a good snowfall, citizens always have something to say—good or bad—about the job the city and county does with plowing. So what do you think?

In the little town of Richfield, when two or more inches of snow falls the city's plows hit the roads.

Or do they?

While I was perusing the City of Richfield's Facebook page last week, I stumbled upon a lively comment accusing the city of a sub-par plowing performance.

"Seriously if this is what the City calls cleaning up our streets they ought to be ashamed of themselves," the citizen wrote.

See the full comment in the photo box above.

This reminded me of a post I received on Richfield Patch's Facebook page Jan. 28.

"Plows? No plows in site in our neighborhood," Derek Brown wrote. "I hope they come and cleanup the slush before tomorrow night or we will have several inches of ice!"

I've personally never given much thought to this until now. (As Sunday dumped a few heavy inches on us all in the Twin Cities metro area.)

So, Patch has to ask: How would you rate your city in the plowing department? Good? Bad? Ugly? Tell us in the comments section below.

Mike B. February 12, 2013 at 09:34 PM
If the Minneapolis City Council would stop paying out millions of dollars to criminals who sue the police department to "cash in" for alleged injuries during their arrests, Minneapolis would have more than enough money to properly plow their streets.
Imer February 13, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I agree with Robin the bus driver. Snow plowing in Mpls is clearly focused on cost reduction by not plowing down to the pavement to save money on plow blade maintenance, pavement maintenance, and removal of roadside snow ridges in snowier winters. Running the plow blade above the pavement also allows the plow drivers to plow at a higher speed, reducing labor and truck operating costs. But then shouldn't taxpayers be able to expect and demand that the job be done right?
royals mom February 14, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I drive through Hopkins to get to my house in Edina. You can sure tell you have crossed a border. Hopkins is slushy and not to the street. Hopkins streets in the past have been very narrow because they don't do a very good job of plowing to the curb. For a much bigger city, Edina does an awesome job at plowing. Now if they could figure out how to keep from putting snow in my driveway when they plow, it would be perfect!
Leah February 14, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Minneapolis does a horrible job plowing and tha alleys are the worst!!
Mike B. February 20, 2013 at 01:38 AM
I thought Minneapolis was bad... St. Paul seems even worse re: snowplowing. Some of the side streets in St. Paul are still, on 2/19, almost impassable from the ruts, particularly in the Macalester College area. Add that to the atrocious pavement itself on many streets,and it's a wonder cars aren't stranded because their suspensions collapsed driving St. Paul's streets. Chris Coleman says "Come to St. Paul." Hah! I don't want another alignment on my car!


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