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 continuously 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. 
  • 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. 
Coralville Snow Plow
Priority Streets
Public streets are cleared and treated 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

  1. Streets
  2. Sidewalks
  3. Anti-icing
  4. Compacted Snow
Clearing Residential Streets & Cul-De-Sacs
Typical Winter Events
During typical winter events, after the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets are cleared:
  •  A plow truck is sent to each of seven snow removal zones, which allows crews to simultaneously remove snow throughout Coralville.
Severe Winter Storms
During major winter storms, after the snow stops falling and the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets are cleared:
  1. Plow trucks and end loaders are sent to one zone at a time to make an initial pass. Under this system, all of the operators work together in a zone to improve efficiency, completing one zone before moving onto another. 
  2. 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 when this system is initiated. Factors such as tree coverage and available light are leveraged to maximize efficiency.