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December 2020

Guide to Snow Removal in Coralville

Coralville snow removalGet 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

Shovel Your Sidewalks & Curb Ramps

Clear Snow Within 24 Hours
Property 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 the end of a snowfall or ice event. Crosswalks are difficult to cross by foot, wheelchair, or stroller when there is a pile of snow or slush at the curb, especially after the plow goes by. 

Report an Issue
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.

Please, never push or blow snow from your 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 (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 First
See a snow plow priority map at 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

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

When Plowing Begins
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. 

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 cannot prevent snow from being pushed near them during street plowing. There will always be snow at the bottom of driveways after the street is plowed. Check mailboxes before winter weather arrives to make sure they are stable and behind the curbline. 

Fire Hydrants

There are approximately 1,500 fire hydrants in Coralville. 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

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

Most City Departments Closed New Year’s Day

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Cedar RapidsThe City of Cedar Rapids will observe the New Year’s Day holiday on Friday, January 1, 2021. Most City departments will be closed. The following City services will operate as indicated:

  • Fire Department – Responding to emergencies. Administrative and Fire Marshal’s offices closed.
  • Library – Both Library locations closed.
  • Police Department – Responding to emergencies. Administrative offices closed.
  • Public Works – Administrative offices closed.
  • Solid Waste & Recycling Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will NOT be collected on Friday, January 1. Collection will be delayed one day for Friday customers only.
  • Transit – No Transit service Friday, January 1.

The Water Division’s 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5910.

Public Works Sewer Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5815.

Public Works Streets Division 24-hour emergency service number is (319) 286-5826.


The National Weather Service is predicting three inches or more of snow for December 29th, 2020. The Snow Ordinance is in effect starting at NOON Tuesday 12/29/2020 

As the Snow Ordinance is in effect vehicles parking on city streets are in violation of City Ordinance and will be ticketed. Towing will begin at 6:00 PM Tuesday 12/29/2020.

The Snow Ordinance is in effect until the snow has stopped falling and City streets are cleared.

Please direct questions to Hiawatha Police Department at (319)393-1212.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Video Update: Budget Sessions, Compost Holiday Trees, and Recycle Holiday Lights

Iowa City Update is a weekly video featuring City of Iowa City projects, programs and events. Topics this week include opportunities to follow along with City budget planning, how to compost your holiday tree, and recycling options for broken holiday lights. Select the image below to watch Iowa City Update.

Budget Work Sessions

Watch Budget Work Sessions

Learn the different ways that you can follow along as the City Council reviews and prioritizes budget needs for the City.

Compost Your Holiday Tree at the Curb

Have your holiday tree picked up as part of the City’s curbside organics collection, which will then be used to make compost.

Recycle Holiday Lights

As you are putting away your holiday décor, please remember that any broken or burnt out light strands can be recycled at several locations across Iowa City and Coralville.

Iowa City Update - Your source for Iowa City news and information.

Traffic Alert - Spruce Street

IOWA CITY -- Iowa CityWeather permitting, beginning on Monday December 28, 2020, Spruce Street will be closed south of its intersection with Highland Avenue to accommodate underground utility repair work.  A detour route will be posted and access to residences will be maintained at all times. It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Thursday, December 31st.

Motorists are to take note of this work and seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit

New holiday schedule for curbside collection this year; Christmas tree pickup begins

Garbage collection dates for 2020 winter holidays.

Update: An earlier news release has been edited to include information on refuse being collected on Thursday, a day early for those whose refuse is normally collected on Friday, ahead of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

A new schedule for curbside recycling and garbage collection will be in place for the 2020 Christmas holiday and 2021 New Year’s holiday. Routes normally collected on Fridays will instead be picked up a day early, on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, and Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in addition to Thursday's normal routes. Please have items to the curb by 7 a.m.

Christmas/Holiday trees

Natural, unflocked holiday trees may be brought to the curb for collection at any time. Remove all decorations first and do not place your tree in a plastic bag.

However, due to the New Year's holiday, they will not be collected on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Their collection will resume on Monday, Jan. 4 on curbside customers' normal collection day. For more information, visit

Child Seriously Injured in Shooting Incident

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The Cedar Rapids Police Department was notified at 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23 of a shooting incident at 208 7th Street SW.  

Officers arrived on scene to find a 4-year old male who had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound. 

Officers and other first responders provided emergency medical care.  The victim was transported to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital and subsequently transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

Based on the preliminary investigation, the shooting incident appears to be unintentional. There is an active, ongoing investigation.


CORALVILLE – Due to its overwhelming success last weekend, City Circle Theatre Company has decided to re-broadcast the virtual production A CHRISTMAS CABARET on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that people can enjoy it during their family celebrations this week.

City Circle Theatre Company will re-broadcast the hugely successful A CHRISTMAS CABARET as a virtual production available on demand December 24 & 25. Tickets are $12-$17. For tickets and more information, visit or call the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Written and directed by Katie Colletta, A CHRISTMAS CABARET features performers from throughout the Corridor who will rescue Santa from the quarantine blues as they

sing, dance, and laugh their way to a happy holiday. The performance will be professionally recorded and edited by CoralVision. 


December 24 & 25

When the quarantine blues cause Santa to consider canceling Christmas, it is up to the elves to restore his holiday spirit! Featuring talented performers from throughout the Corridor, this musical variety show will bring the holidays right to your screen in this internet broadcast. Written and directed by Katie Colletta.

City Circle Theatre Company

City Circle Theatre Company has been Coralville’s community theatre for over 20 years and is a resident theatre company of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts. For information about upcoming performances visit of call the CCPA Box Office at 319-248-9370.