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.
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 www.coralville.org/snow. The Streets Department plows public streets and treats them for ice in the following order (exceptions may be made for emergencies):
- Arterial streets
- Transit routes
- School area streets (a three-block radius around public schools, if in session)
- Remaining residential streets
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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.