New Snow Emergency signs coming to Minneapolis streets

The red and white “Snow Emergency Route” street signs found throughout Minneapolis are getting a slight makeover. In the coming weeks, drivers will see the new signs along the City’s Snow Emergency routes. Eventually, all 5,500 of these signs will be replaced.

The signs that are up now are reaching the ends of their useful service lives. Many have been around for close to 15 years, and their reflective surfaces have weathered. The new signs will have a new type of sheeting that last longer and have better reflective material, which will enhance the visibility on dark winter nights. 

Another big change is that the new signs include the Snow Emergency hotline: 612-348-SNOW. When a driver is on a Snow Emergency route, they’ll be able to see and call the number to find out if a Snow Emergency is in effect.

Snow Emergency Routes are fully plowed on Day 1 of a Snow Emergency. The signs help drivers know that the shouldn’t park on these marked streets once a Snow Emergency is declared so crews can better clear the driving surface of snow and ice. Modifying the signs will make it easier for folks to follow the rules and avoid a ticket and tow.

The old Snow Emergency Route signs won’t go to waste. They’ll be taken to the City’s sign shop, where the reflective message will be removed. The sign blanks can then be reprinted with new messages and reused along Minneapolis streets. The Snow Emergency Route signs are the same size as “No Parking” signs and many others in use in Minneapolis, so there will be plenty of opportunities to reuse them.

Published Jan. 15, 2013