Snow Removal

Snow & Ice Control
Maintaining safe winter driving conditions on City streets is a priority of the Coralville Streets Department. Current conditions and weather forecasts are monitored so that crews are ready before the flakes begin to fly.

Snow Removal at a Glance
  • Plowing begins when snow accumulations reach two to three inches as measured by the Streets Department. 
  • Snow may fall faster than plows can keep up. Crews work as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Report a Concern
If you have questions about plowing on your street or concerns about an unshoveled sidewalk, call 319.248.1740 or report it online and select an option under the "Snow Removal" category.

Snow Team 2019_20
Coralville Snow Plow

Contact Us

  1. Eric Fisher
    Streets & Solid Waste Superintendent

    750 Camp Cardinal Blvd.
    Coralville, IA  52241

    Ph: 319.248.1740

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    7:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Staff Directory

Priority Order of Plowing Streets

The City plows and treats public streets in the following order (exceptions made for emergencies):
  1. Arterial streets
  2. Transit routes
  3. School zones (a three block radius around public schools, if in session)
  4. Remaining residential streets
  5. Cul-de-sacs

Crews are unable to accommodate individual requests to change the priority of street plowing.

Plowed by others:
  • 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 which the City is not responsible for snow removal.

Snow Plow Route Priority Map

City Snow Removal

  1. Streets
  2. Ice
  3. Compacted Snow
  4. By the Numbers

Clearing Residential Streets & Cul-De-Sacs

Typical Winter Events
  1. First, the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets (when school is in session) are cleared.
  2. Then, a plow truck is sent to each of seven snow removal zones to simultaneously remove snow throughout Coralville.
Severe Winter Storms
During major winter storms:
  1. Arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets (when school is in session) are cleared.
  2. After the stops falling and the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets are cleared, plow trucks and end loaders are sent to one zone at a time to make an initial pass. All of the operators work together in a zone to improve efficiency, completing one zone before moving onto another. 
  3. After all zones are cleared, crews begin to push snow back from curbs and haul snow from intersections as needed.

The zone where crews begin is determined by the time of day. Tree coverage and available light are leveraged to maximize efficiency.

Property Owner Snow Removal

  1. Sidewalks & Curb Ramps
  2. Snow Removal Noise
  3. Fire Hydrants
  4. Bus Stops
  5. Trails

Sidewalks & Curb Ramps
When to Shovel
If you are a Coralville property owner, you are required to remove snow and ice from your public sidewalks and curb ramps abutting your property within 24 hours after the ice/snowfall ends. (see Code of Ordinances, 136.03, "Removal of Snow, Ice and Accumulations").

How Much to Shovel
Clear snow down to the concrete and the entire width of the sidewalk.  A wheelchair, walker, or stroller or cannot get through a narrow path.

Why Shovel
Snow and ice-covered walkways are a nuisance and a hazard. Curb ramps (where the sidewalk meets the street) become inaccessible by wheelchair, stroller, or foot when covered or blocked by snow and ice.

Unshoveled Sidewalks & Curb Ramps
The City inspects covered sidewalks and curb ramps on a complaint basis. Inspections are generally made within two business days as weather and staff resources allow, prioritizing hazardous issues. An address must be provided for staff to inspect. To report an issue, call 319.248.1740 or report it online.

If the City inspects and determines that a public sidewalk or curb ramp hasn't been cleared within 24 hours after the end of the snowfall:
  1. A notice is posted on the door of the property. Property owners have 24 hours from the violation notice to remove snow or ice accumulations from their sidewalks and curb ramps.
  2. If sidewalks remain uncleared upon re-inspection, the City will clear the snow / ice and assess the removal costs against the property owner. Fees are based upon the amount of time required to clear the walkway. Learn about violations and fees.

Where to Put the Snow
Do not shovel, plow, or blow snow into the street. It creates slick spots when vehicles drive over the snow and compact it, and makes it more difficult for crews to clear the street. The snow that falls on your property should stay on your property.

Snow at the Bottom of Driveways
Why did the plow leave snow at the bottom of my driveway?
As the plow moves down the street, the snow rolls off the edge of the blade and into the gutter line. There will always be snow at the bottom of driveways after the street is plowed, so plan ahead. It is not possible efficiently plow the street and keep driveway aprons free of snow.

What you can do about it
You can reduce the amount of snow the plow leaves in your driveway if you are able to clear a path tight to the curb in the area before the plow reaches your driveway:

  • If you can safely do so, clear a pocket of snow from the left side of your driveway as you face the road.
  • The accumulated snow on the plow will dump into the pocket, and less in your driveway.
Driveway snow plow

Who pays for City snow plowing?
Funding for snow and ice operations comes from Iowa Road Use Taxes, not property taxes. The State distributes road use tax revenues to local governments based on population. Coralville's share of the road use tax fund is used for snow removal, roadway maintenance, street lighting, traffic control, engineering, and street cleaning.

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Unshoveled sidewalk