With the current spell of subzero temperatures, bonded ice can be difficult to remove from sidewalks. The City of Minneapolis has several sites where Minneapolis residents can pick up free sand to sprinkle on icy residential sidewalks. After shoveling and clearing your sidewalks, if you can’t get down to the pavement, spreading sand can help improve traction until the weather warms up and you can remove the ice.
This service is available to Minneapolis residents only, not commercial or other properties. Quantities are limited to up to about a 5-gallon bucket full, and residents need to bring their own bucket.
The sand is meant as a stop-gap alternative to improve sidewalk conditions until such time as the ice can be cleared.
Sand is available at the following locations, 24 hours a day:
- 6036 Harriet Ave. S. (West 60th Street between Lyndale and Harriet).
- 1809 Washington St. NE, at 18th and Jefferson.
- 27th St., just east of Longfellow Avenue near the Public Works gate.
- 2710 Pacific St., outside the main Public Works gate between 27th and 28th avenues north.