That polar vortex was a doozy! Across the Midwest, people are recovering from the lowest sustained temperatures in over two decades. Many of us had ample time to stay indoors and perfect our favorite hotdish, while outside, the winter ice was doing a real number on our sidewalks and parking lots.
Pot Holes in Parking Lot
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Why should Minneapolis and St. Paul be thinking about parking lot and sidewalk repair?

If you’ve suspected asphalt deteriorates faster in colder temperatures, you’re not crazy. When the water that seeps into the cracks and fissures of asphalt freezes, it expands in volume by nine percent! If your parking lot or property needed help before this year’s cold snap, chances are, this winter only made things worse. Spring can reveal how hairline cracks in your pavement, pushed apart by months of expanding and contracting ice, can worsen into trip hazards and potholes.

Interstate exceeds your asphalt parking lot maintenance guidelines

We’re here to get your parking lot to-do list off your mind and onto our schedule. We’ll get the job done quickly so your customers won’t notice us, they’ll only notice your beautiful new parking lot. As spring brings warmer temperatures, property owners will be calling to get their annual repairs and maintenance done as soon as possible. Now is the best time to schedule your projects and make sure you’re at the top of our list. From comprehensive concrete work to asphalt repair and overlays to reconstruction, we’ll help your property make a great first impression. We are the one company that is large enough to handle any project but small enough to see to the finer details.

Interstate is more than parking lot maintenance

We are excited the warmer weather is here, but the cold will most certainly return. Now is your opportunity to ensure your property is protected from another polar vortex. Whatever the north winds bring, we’ll be your year-round partner for parking lot maintenance. Give us a call, we do it all:
  • Asphalt overlays/reconstruction

  • Mill patching
  • Crack fill and sealcoat

  • Sidewalks/curbs
  • Catch basins

  • Loading docks

  • Parking lot sweeping

  • Striping
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Slips and Falls Can’t Be Ignored


Although it’s fun to watch dogs slip and fall on the internet, it’s not fun to watch your employees or guests take a tumble in your parking lot. According to the insurance industry, 25 percent of ice and snow-related falls occur in parking lots. If someone gets hurt in your parking lot from a slip and fall, your company could be held financially liable for the injury.

What’s more, twenty percent of parking lot slip-and-fall accidents require time off from work. When someone slips and falls, they typically take a few days off to recover from their injury. Here’s a look at the average recovery time for Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin workers.

MN – 6 days

IA – 10 days

WI – 13 days

Lost work time due to slip and falls could cost your company an average of $40,000 to $45,000. The lost time and money it may cost your business can’t be ignored.

Taking a few simple precautions before the winter season can help you avoid many of the costly and avoidable accidents. You cannot avoid snow emergencies in the Midwest, but you can prevent slip-and-fall accidents with a snow management plan. Interstate Companies can create a specifically designed plan for your property to keep it clear of snow, deiced and safe for your guests and employees all winter long.

Give us a call, we’re here to help.

Interstate Companies Vehicle Plowing Snow from Sidewalk

What’s your game plan for snow removal management?

It’s time to start thinking about SNOW! Since football season is in full swing, let’s create your snow maintenance game plan before the first storm hits. Some may say it’s a little early, but Interstate Companies wants to make sure you are prepared for the first snow fall – who knows when that could be. We can help with everything from deicing, plowing, snow relocating and melting, we’ve got you covered.

Are you done yet?

Most facility managers would be freaking out when there is a huge snow storm coming, but not you. You’re chillin’ on your couch in your PJ’s checking to see if your lots are done and safe for work yet. At Interstate Companies, our Tempus System, a state-of-the-art tracking and communication software, allows you to use our GPS tracking system, smartphone apps and voice web services to real-time information about your facility parking lot making sure your employees are safe and happy. This real-time management.

Direct Communication

When that huge snow storm hits with little warning, we will make sure your snow problems are out of your way. With our Tempus system, it allows you to text, email or enter a service request through the software. This software allows us to deploy our crews in a timely manner and it’s cost effective. So no matter if you like doing it the old fashioned way or not, you can rest assured that Interstate companies will never leave you out in the cold.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to set up your FREE comprehensive site evaluation snow removal services before it’s too late.


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Snow and Ice Doesn’t Have to Equal Slip and Fall

According to the CDC, cold weather months and the accompanying snow and ice can make Winter more dangerous than Summer months.

Did you know?
  • One million Americans are injured due to slip and fall injuries every year. The risk of slip and fall injuries increases dramatically during winter months.
  • Slips and falls are not the main cause of fatal workplace injuries but they represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
  • In 2014, there were 42,480 workplace injuries or illnesses from ice, sleet, or snow that required at least one day off of work as a result.

  • Of course, we can’t live in a bubble all Winter. We can, however, reduce the number of snow and ice-related slip and falls by keeping parking lots, parking surfaces, and sidewalks free of ice and snow.

    Do you need a snow and ice removal plan for your commercial property?

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Minneapolis / St. Paul Gets Biggest Snowstorm Since 2011

Our crews have been busy plowing snow and clearing parking lots since Monday’s storm dropped more snow at one time since 2011.

Snow totals varied sharply depending on your location with Owatonna getting the most snow at 17″ and Rogers seeing less than 3″.

  • Minneapolis: 9.5”
  • St. Paul: 9.8”
  • MSP Airport: 12.4”
  • Prior Lake: 16.5”
  • Chanhassen: 11.0″
  • White Bear Lake: 10.0″
  • Edina: 8.0″
  • Maple Grove: 5.8″
  • Rogers: 2.5″
  • Owatonna: 17.0″
  • Cannon Falls: 13.5″
  • Burnsville: 13.3″
  • Stillwater: 11.0″

If your parking lot or surfaces are still a mess, consider the following tips to get it back on track.
  1. Hire a reliable snow removal service. Hiring a substandard service won’t cut it in Minnesota. We’ve seen snow removal companies that leave the parking lot and walkways looking like a skating rink.
  2. Monitor the slip factor by checking walkways yourself. Keep a deicer on hand if the weather should change suddenly and ice forms in an instant.
  3. Put up signs. If you know that a certain section of your walkway or parking lot is prone to ice formation, put up a sign that warns patrons or employees of the possible slip factor.

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