Saint Paul has 330 miles of alleys. Both state law and city ordinance define an alley as a "Public way that does not exceed 30-feet in width."
In Saint Paul, alleys are designated as either paved, oiled, unimproved assessed (alleys with a gravel surface that Public Works maintains), or unimproved not assessed (alleys can be gravel, dirt, or ungraded that Public Works does not maintain).
Historically, the City of Saint Paul has never plowed, salted or sanded alleys in winter. Residents must determine how and when to plow their alleys. Many residents in Saint Paul work with their neighbors to hire private contractors to plow their alleys. Pushing or shoveling snow into the streets is not allowed.