Winter in Iowa can be challenging no matter where you live. Rural county
residents can be especially challenged when they need to travel.
Street Snow Removal Hazards
Restoring access on gravel roads after a snowstorm is a slow process. Each motor grader covers from 60-80 miles of road (or 120-160 lane miles). Progress will be slowed by wind-hardened or heavy snow. After a severe storm it may not be possible to reach all homes until the 2nd or 3rd day. A road may blow shut shortly after it is opened when windy conditions are persistent. Rural residents are encouraged to plan accordingly. Persons needing regular medical treatments are encouraged to lodge close to their treatment location when a storm might prevent travel.
The Iowa Code prohibits the pushing of snow from yards and driveways across the road leaving deposits of snow on the roadway. Anyone who does this may be held liable for accidents caused because of the snow. In addition to being a County Infraction and a hazard, such piled snow on the road and snow pushed into the ditches can be the cause of future blocked roads because of blowing snow drifting beyond the pile.
A County Infraction under Iowa Code section 331.307 is a civil offense punishable by a civil penalty of not more than $500 unless it is a repeat offense for which the penalty is not more than $750.
The Black Hawk County Engineer requests your assistance in keeping our roadways safe and cleared of snow. Please comply with this ordinance.
Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter.