City of St. Paul Considering Plowing Alleyways

September 27, 2018 06:32 PM

Fall just started, but the City of Saint Paul is already thinking about winter. City leaders are considering plowing alleyways in addition to city streets.

The city says there are more than 330 miles of alleys in St. Paul, so the Department of Public Works wants to conduct a study to figure out how much it would cost. It's a proposal in the upcoming city's budget.


"If you talk to the neighbors and most of the homeowners around here, they think they should be plowed. It's always been a matter of how to get it done," said St. Paul council member Dan Bostrom.

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Barbara Burns lives in St. Paul. She pays hundreds of dollars each winter to get her alley cleared.

"Especially for us older people who have to pay. We can't do it ourselves, so we have no other option," said Burns.

The city hopes a $30,000 study will determine if it's realistic for them to plow the alleys. The Department of Public Works said it's tougher than you would think. City plows are too large for the alleyways, and none of the current equipment would work.

Bostrom says it doesn't have to be that complicated.

"We could make it an issue. I don't think it necessarily has to be because there are dozens and dozens of individuals that are plowing alleys today in cooperation with various neighborhoods, and I can't see any reason why we couldn't contract with them," Bostrom said.

There are no details right now about the study or how it would be conducted. The city can't move forward until next year's budget is passed.


Ashley Zilka

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