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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Guide to Snow Removal in Coralville

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Get the guidelines for street plowing, sidewalk shoveling, and parking this winter

Coralville reminds residents of the rules and guidelines for winter snow removal and parking. Additional information about snow removal is available at www.coralville.org/snow

Sidewalks & Curb Ramps

If you are a Coralville property owner, you are required to remove snow and ice from your public sidewalks, including curb ramps (where the sidewalk meets the street), within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall or ice event. Crosswalks become inaccessible by foot, wheelchair, and stroller when there is a pile of snow or slush at the curb, especially after the plow goes by.  The City inspects covered sidewalks and curb ramps on a complaint basis. To report an uncleared sidewalk or curb ramp, report it online or call 319.248.1740 and provide the address of the property. Inspections are generally made within two business days as weather and staff resources allow, prioritizing hazardous issues.

Snowblowers

Please, never push or blow snow from the property, sidewalk, or driveway into the street. Do not use motor-powered, muffler-equipped snow removal equipment (such as a gas snow blower) between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am; it’s not permitted under the City’s noise control ordinance (see Code of Ordinances, 48.05, “Noise Control: Excluded Sounds”). City-owned or City-hired snow removal is allowed during these hours. 

Streets

The Streets Department plows public streets and treats them for ice in the following order (exceptions may be made for emergencies):

  1. Arterial streets
  2. Transit routes
  3. School area streets (a three-block radius around public schools, if in session)
  4. Remaining residential streets
  5. Cul-de-sacs

Plowing begins when snow accumulations reach two to three inches as measured by the Streets Department. Salt and / or sand is spread when the City determines the streets are in a hazardous condition, with an emphasis on hills, curves, and main intersections. The City re-plows or re-spreads based on the available weather information and current street conditions. Crews may use anti-icing agents like brine to pre-treat major streets, bus routes, and big hills before a winter storm, based on road and weather conditions. 

For questions or concerns about plowing on your street, report it online or call 319.248.1740 and provide the address of the property. 

Typical Snowfall
During a typical snowfall, streets are cleared within 24 hours after the snowfall ends and are plowed within 24 inches of the curb, unless restricted by parked vehicles. During a typical winter weather event, after the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets are plowed, a plow truck goes to each of the seven snow removal zones, which allows crews to simultaneously remove snow throughout Coralville. Snow is removed from cul-de-sacs with end-loaders. City crews do not plow or treat private streets or alleys.

Extreme Snowfall
In the event of a major winter storm (such as a blizzard), after the snow has stopped and the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets have been cleared, crews clean residential streets and cul-de-sacs using a two-step approach:

  1. Plow trucks and end loaders are sent to one zone of the City at a time to make an initial pass. All of the operators work together in a zone to efficiently complete one zone before moving onto another.
  2. After all zones are cleared, crews push snow back from curbs and haul snow from intersections as necessary.

The zone where crews begin is determined by the time of day the system begins; some factors, such as tree coverage and available light, are leveraged to maximize efficiency. 

Parked Vehicles

Parking between 2:00 am and 6:00 am on City streets in Coralville is not permitted in any season. If a street is not passable by the plow because of a parked vehicle, the street may not be plowed.

Mailboxes & Driveways

As the plow moves down the street, the snow rolls off the edge of the blade, discharging snow into driveways and around mailboxes. The City is unable to clear access to individual mailboxes or driveways, and cannot prevent snow from being pushed near them during street plowing. When crews plow your street, some snow will be discharged at the bottom of your driveway.  It's a good idea to check mailboxes before winter weather arrives to make sure they are stable and behind the curbline. 

Fire Hydrants

Consider clearing snow from nearby fire hydrants so firefighters can see and access them; clearing a 3'x3' area around the hydrant, with a 3' wide path from the street to the hydrant, is ideal.  Coralville also has an adopt-a-hydrant program; learn more at www.coralville.org/adoptahydrant.

Learn more

We appreciate your patience and awareness of safety while driving during snow and ice removal. For more information, call 319.248.1740 or visit www.coralville.org/snow.

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