City Street Maintenance

LOCATION

Public Works Department
4646 Dakota St. SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372

DEPARTMENT CONTACT

Public Works and Natural Resources Director
  (952) 447-9890

Maintenance Superintendent
Jake Theisen

  (952) 447-9899

Streets and Sewer Foreman
Jim Larson
  (952) 447-9893

The City of Prior Lake maintains nearly 100 miles of local streets and utilizes a variety of maintenance methods including bituminous patching, crack sealing, seal coating and overlaying to maximize the life of streets. Many of Prior Lake's streets were built in the '70s and '80s and are showing substantial wear due to older construction methods and the soils underneath. The City is committed to reconstructing these streets. Until that time, the city will utilize available funding to keep them safe and useable.

Maintenance and construction workers are vulnerable when working on streets. Please use care and patience when maneuvering around or through construction zones. For questions regarding scheduled projects, contact Public Works at (952) 447-9800 or visit the Street and Utility Projects page.

The Public Works Operations Manual defines street maintenance activities, and the street sign, sidewalk and trail inspection, street sweeping and winter maintenance policies. It outlines snow and ice control objectives and procedures as established by the City of Prior Lake and information on priority snow routes and proper mailbox placement to protect it from the snow plows (see Winter Operations and Show Control below). Click here to view the Winter Maintenance Policies found within the Public Works Operations Manual.

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS
In order to quickly and promptly remove snow from City streets, it is unlawful to park any vehicle on any street within the city between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 until March 31. It is also unlawful to park any vehicle during all other times following a continuous or intermittent snowfall with an accumulation of two or more inches, or during a snow emergency, until the snow has been plowed to the full width of the street. Any vehicle parked in violation of this subsection may be towed pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 169.041. A violation of this subsection shall be a petty misdemeanor. The city contracts with Allen's Towing Service at (952) 894-1000, 7215 W. 128th St. in Savage.

SPRING LOAD RESTRICTIONS
Below are the spring load restrictions for the City of Prior Lake as determined by Mn/DOT. Click here to see the full Seasonal Load Limit Notification from MnDOT. During these times, county, city and township roads, unless posted otherwise, are limited to the axle limits as shown on this load limit map (click here). For state highway load restrictions, see the MnDOT Office of Materials and Road Research website.

Prior Lake Spring Road Restrictions
All City PAVED roads have a 7-ton-per-axle load limit.
All City UNPAVED roads have a 5-ton-per-axle load limit.
The City of Prior Lake does not issue any overweight permits.
The START DATE for Spring Load Restrictions is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:01 a.m.
No Overweight Permits are issued during the Spring Load Restriction period. Full-summer overweight permits become available within each frost zone starting two to three weeks after Spring Load Restrictions are lifted.

SEAL COATING AND CRACK SEALING
The largest street improvement each year is the early summer street overlay projects. Residential streets are seal coated in early June. Street and utility crews tag houses and businesses in the street seal coat areas. Do not park in the street or blow grass clippings into the street. Do not drive on a road that has been seal coated until the rock is down. For questions regarding scheduled projects, contact Public Works at (952) 447-9896.

STREET SWEEPING
Spring sweeping of snow and ice control aggregate begins when streets are significantly clear of snow and ice, usually late March or early April, after the risk of later snowfall has passed. Spring sweeping is typically completed by May 15. Fall sweeping will commence Sept. 15 and typically is completed by Nov. 15. Areas with extensive foliage will be swept after most of the leaves have fallen.