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MAILBOX PLACEMENT AND MAINTENANCE POLICY
Mailboxes and mailbox supports are the property of the mail route patron. Wright County does not issue written permits for the placement of mailboxes within the road right-of-way, nor do our easements provide for mailbox construction. All mailboxes placed within the road right-of-way are placed there at the owner’s risk.
When there is an accumulation of snow, the location of mailboxes close to the highway makes the plowing operations of the County difficult and renders the boxes quite susceptible to damage as a result of such activity. It is the County’s policy to use special care and consideration when plowing snow in their vicinity. Despite this care and consideration, some mailboxes will be knocked down or destroyed during the snow removal season. In the vast majority of cases it is the weight of snow coming off snowplow or wing which destroys a mailbox. On occasion, however, wings will hit and damage them.
We believe most of the mailbox damage which occurs during a typical winter would be eliminated if postal patrons would install a mailbox support that swings away when hit by snow or snowplow equipment. Attached is a steel post mailbox support diagram which has been approved for use in Wright County. This mailbox configuration has been crash tested and is acceptable in terms of nationally tested safety criteria. The use of this approved mailbox support provides a much safer environment for all motorists. It also makes the job of snow removal much easier and reduces cost and irritation to the mail patron when boxes are destroyed due to flying snow. Consequently, Wright County’s policy encourages the use of this recommended support.
Any questions on this policy can be directed to the Wright County Highway Department at the above phone number or to the Highway Maintenance Superintendent at (763) 682-7374.
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