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Streets

Overview

The City of Montgomery Public Works Department provides for the maintenance of city street right-of-way, municipal parking lots, including patching, paving, seal coating, traffic control signage, street sweeping, and cleaning of storm sewers.  In addition, the department provides for the snow and ice removal from streets in the winter. 

Seal Coating

Seal coating is the most common method of preventative street maintenance. This surface treatment seals and protects existing pavement and adds new life to streets, but does not add structural strength.

The City of Montgomery annually schedules a section of streets to be seal coated by an outside contractor. The general timeline for seal coating is 5 years after construction to provide the first seal and thereafter about every 7 years.

Montgomery uses a single surface treatment, which means a single application of asphalt is sprayed on the existing bituminous surface followed with a single layer of aggregate (small pieces of rock) as uniform as possible. The treatment is about 3/8" thick - the maximum size aggregate particles used. This type of material provides excellent wear and waterproofing; and also improves skid resistance.

Here are a few things to expect during the seal coating process:

    • Streets will be well marked with cones and proper signage.
    • Use alternate routes if possible.
    • Drive slowly over the rock; do not spin your tires.
    • Excess rocks will become bumpy and will be swept as soon as the new surface is ready to be exposed, usually between one and two weeks.

If you have any questions about a particular street, contact the Public Works office at 507.364.5770.

Snow Removal & Ice Control

During the winter months, the City street crew performs many duties, but snow and ice removal is the top priority.  On average, Montgomery's 4-person crew plows the City 10 times per year. During a typical snowfall, the crew uses 6 pieces of equipment and drives approximately 55 miles to plow and sand the streets and alleys.

Plow Damage - Sometimes property damage occurs when snowplows are operating.  If possible, remove any obstacles from the right-of-way or mark them clearly to aid plow drivers. Make sure your mailbox is solid and securely fastened to the box. Mailboxes are repaired or replaced only if the plow makes direct contact.

Often, plow drivers literally "feel" their way along streets because of poor conditions, and regrettably lawns are damaged. If this happens to you, please report it to the Public Works office at 507.364.5017.

Damages are repaired each spring with black dirt and lawn seed.

Don't Crowd the Plow!

We all share in the responsibility of keeping our roads safe. It is very important for residents, especially children, to know snow plow safety ideas:

    • Reduce your speed. Plows travel slower than other vehicles.
    • Never drive into a snow cloud.
    • Do not pass a snow plow while they are plowing.
    • Keep your distance from trucks spreading salt sand.
    • Stay away from the end of the driveway or boulevard when a snowplow is approaching.
    • Keep sleds and toys away from the street when they are not being used.
    • Do not build snow forts in the piles on the boulevard.
    • Stay out from behind snow removal equipment. Frequent backing is necessary during plowing, and visibility to the rear is limited.
    • Keep garbage containers away from the curb until after plowing.
    • Do not park cars in the streets until the streets are completely plowed. 
Snow Emergency


After a 2-inch snowfall, parking is not allowed on any public street (excluding the Downtown) between 11:00 p.m. and until the street has been plowed from curb to curb. In the Downtown parking is not allowed between 2:00 a.m. and until the street has been plowed curb to curb. Vehicles in violation are cited and may be towed by patrolling police or as requested by city street personnel.

Ice Control

City crews use a sand-salt mixture on icy areas. This does not guarantee totally ice-free streets, so drive carefully even where sanding is visible. Priority areas are sanded first, and include:

    • Intersections of city streets and county state aid roads
    • School and pedestrian crosswalks
    • All arterial street stop sign intersections
    • Streets with hills and curves
    • All other stop signs 

Street Sweeping

Montgomery is proud of its clean streets. Main street (First Street) is swept  April thru October. Other street sweeping is performed on a scheduled basis early spring and late fall.

Spring Sweeping

The purpose of spring sweeping is to collect all the sand that was spread on the streets for traction the previous winter and other debris that has collected on the streets over the winter months. This process starts early to allow the sand pick up before it is washed into the storm sewers. On average, it takes about two or three weeks to complete spring sweeping.

Fall Sweeping

Fall sweeping is normally started sometime in late September or early October. The timeline is not as critical as spring. In fall, leaves are the big concern and areas with heavy foliage are last to be swept in an attempt to sweep up as many leaves as possible. Streets that have been seal coated earlier in the summer also are re-swept to pickup any rock that may have been loosened by the traffic.

Related Information

Please review the documents listed below to learn more about the city’s snowplowing policies, street assessment policy, street sweeping, and mailbox installation.

City of Montgomery | 201 Ash Ave. SW | Montgomery, MN 56069 | Phone: 507.364.8888 | Fax: 507.364.5371 | Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri.