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, including a snow plow priority map, is at www.coralville.org/snow.
Clear Snow Within 24 HoursProperty owners are required to remove snow and ice from their public sidewalks, including curb ramps (where the sidewalk meets the street), within 24 hours after it stops snowing. Clear the entire width of the pavement.If you have a curb ramp on your property, keep it free of snow and ice, and make sure it is not blocked by a pile of snow. Crosswalks are difficult to cross by foot, wheelchair, or stroller when blocked by a pile of snow.
Report an IssueThe City inspects unshoveled sidewalks and curb ramps on a complaint basis. To report an uncleared sidewalk or curb ramp, report it online (use the category Snow Removal - Sidewalks & Curb Ramps) 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.
SnowblowersNever push or blow snow 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 (Code of Ordinances, 48.05, “Noise Control: Excluded Sounds”). City-owned or City-hired snow removal is allowed during these hours.
Which Streets Are Plowed FirstSee a snow plow priority map at www.coralville.org/snow. Crews cannot accommodate individual requests to change the priority of street plowing. The Streets Department plows and treats public streets in the following order (exceptions may be made for emergencies):
The State is responsible for snow removal on Highway 6, and Coral Ridge Avenue from Commerce Drive to Highway 6. There are a few private streets for which the City is not responsible for snow removal.
When Plowing BeginsPlowing begins when snowfall reached 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 street conditions. Crews may use anti-icing agents 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 your street, report it online (use the category Snow Removal - Streets) or call 319.248.1740 and provide the address of the property.
Typical SnowfallDuring 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.
Extreme SnowfallFor major winter storms, after snowfall stops and the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets are cleared, crews clean residential streets and cul-de-sacs in two steps:
The zone where crews begin is determined by the time of day; some factors, such as tree coverage and available light, are leveraged to maximize efficiency.
Parking between 2:00 am and 6:00 am on City streets in Coralville is not permitted. If a street is not passable by the plow because of a parked vehicle, the street may not be plowed.
As the plow moves down the street, the snow rolls off the edge of the blade, discharging snow into driveways and around mailboxes. This cannot be prevented. There will always be snow at the bottom of driveways after the street is plowed. For tips to deal with this, visit www.coralville.org/snow. Check mailboxes before winter to make sure they are stable and behind the curb.
There are approximately 1,500 fire hydrants in Coralville. You can clear snow from nearby fire hydrants so firefighters can see and access them. Clear a 3'x3' area around the hydrant, with a 3' wide path from the street to the hydrant. Coralville also has an adopt-a-hydrant program; learn more at www.coralville.org/adoptahydrant.
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.