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. 
  • 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.
Coralville Snow Plow

By the Numbers

Updated winter 2019-2020. Road treatment materials include rock salt, sand, salt brine for anti-ice and pre-wetting, and Geo Melt.
Total lane miles 171
Cul-de-sacs 110+
Snow team employees 8
Single axle trucks 8
End loaders 2
Anti-ice units to pre-treat roads 3
Snow Team 2019_20

  1. Streets
  2. Sidewalks & Curb Ramps
  3. Treating Roads
  4. Compacted Snow

Priority Order of Streets


The City plows and treats public streets in the following order (exceptions 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

Clearing Residential Streets & Cul-De-Sacs


Typical Winter Events
  • First, the arterial streets, transit routes, and school area streets are cleared.
  • Then, 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. Tree coverage and available light are leveraged to maximize efficiency.

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. You can always expect that there will 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