Free sand-salt for sidewalks and streets in Mpls.

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Welp! You knew it was coming and it’s finally here: the start of winter weather, along with slippery roads and icy sidewalks. 

Did you know the City of Minneapolis offers several sites where residents can pick up a free sand-salt mixture for their residential sidewalks and driveways? The salt was added to the sand to prevent freezing. The ratio is up to 25% salt and 75% or more sand.

The sand-salt mix is for Minneapolis residents only and is limited to one five-gallon bucket. Locations are open 24-hours-a-day. Just bring your own pail and shovel!

Sand-salt pick-up locations:

  • 6036 Harriet Ave., S. on West 60th St., between Lyndale and Harriet avenues
  • 1809 Washington St. N.E., at 18th and Jefferson
  • East 27th Street, just east of Longfellow Ave., near the Public Works gate
  • 2710 Pacific St., outside the main Public Works gate between 27th and 28th Ave., N.

For more info, go to or call 311.