Snow Removal and Maintenance Policies

Snow Removal Policy

It is the intent of the Marshall County Highway Department to provide safe and reasonable winter driving conditions on County Highways for the general public. Snow removal operations may begin at 4:00 am and if conditions exist end at 8:00 pm.  It is the intent of the snow policy to have one pass on every route completed by 7:00 am.  It is not our policy to secure a “bare pavement” on the roads.  Our first priority is to plow and apply deicing materials to the hills, curves, stop signs and priority areas.  There may exist conditions that require the temporary suspension of snow removal operations for the safety of both the department employee and general public.  Such conditions include sustained high winds with blowing snow limiting visibility or a prolonged ice storm.  Work will resume when conditions subside to allow for the safe removal of snow and ice.  Complete removal of snow and ice may not be possible until weather and temperature conditions improve.  It is the intent of the Marshall County Highway Department to maintain the county highway system efficiently and economically.  Residents are encouraged to limit travel during adverse conditions, exercise patience and allow us to work on the roads before attempting travel.  Motorist should use extreme caution when driving in inclement weather.


Sign Management and Maintenance Policy

Marshall County Highway Department will strive to provide a safe road system for the traveling public by conducting inspections throughout the year, maintaining and repairing when necessary. Replacement of signs will be based on the level of damage or the age of the sign as determined by the highway department.  All signs have met the requirements of retro-reflectivity standards of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.


Mowing of Highway Right of Way Policy

It is the policy of the Marshall County Highway Department to mow the shoulder and fore-slope on county highways for safety reasons and to promote positive drainage. Without this activity, the shoulder drop off and guardrails would be invisible to the traveling public.  Mowing for visibility of signs and at the intersections is priority.  Mowing is limited during the early part of the year, where possible, to encourage monarch butterflies and honey bees.  Some sections are mowed full-width in order to keep problem brush areas in check or to alleviate sight-distance situation.


Driveway and Culvert Installation Policy

The applicant must complete an application and provide location of culvert and agree to terms of the agreement. The site will be inspected by the Marshall County Highway Department for approval or disapproval of said entrance.  The entrance will be installed by the county and the landowner will be invoiced for materials.


Mail Box Policy

Maintenance of the mail box and supporting structure is the responsibility of the postal patron. Sometimes mail boxes are accidentally damage or knocked down during maintenance operations such as snowplowing.  If this happens to you call the Marshall County Highway Department as soon as possible so that we may investigate the incident to determine if our personnel were in your area and responsible for the damage.  If the highway department is responsible we will repair and make mail box functional.