Free sand-salt for sidewalks and streets in Mpls

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year—so the song goes. But along with the kids’ jingle-belling and everyone telling you to be of good cheer comes the mix of mild to chilly winter weather, which leads to 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 bucket 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.

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