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    The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    The thing that just astonishes me is that every time there is snow, Iowa does not preemptively salt the roads. It would make plowing that much easier. I'm looking at Lincoln Way right now and the snow is just as thick on the road as it is on the sidewalk. That shouldn't be the case!

    Also, Iowa doesn't constantly plow it seems like. It seems as though they wait till the storm passes and then plow.


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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    I can't speak for this storm, but there have been plenty of times when the City of Ames has been out salting or brining the roads before storms.

    Just last Thursday I caught a beer on Welch and the plows were going nuts throwing salt hours before the ice hit.

    I suspect it has a lot to do with how cold it is and the temperature to which their salt can melt the accumulated ice.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    What ive noticed is they seem to not sand as much as some others might. Had to drive down for a flight in KC a couple years ago during\after some snow and really noticed the difference between iowa and MO.. MO laid down sand and you had a ton more traction.

    Oh, and dont judge all of iowa on Ames's plowing. Ames is the worst for plowing. West Des Moines will often have the road down to bare pavement within 24 hours, while much of ames the snow will come off when it melts off.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Can't speak for Ames but last night there were trucks out brining the roads in Des Moines at around seven. I have not been out yet this morning but generally the snow removal here is prompt, at least on the main roads. Side streets are a different story, but understandably so. It's a lot of ground to cover.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    What ive noticed is they seem to not sand as much as some others might. Had to drive down for a flight in KC a couple years ago during\after some snow and really noticed the difference between iowa and MO.. MO laid down sand and you had a ton more traction.

    Oh, and dont judge all of iowa on Ames's plowing. Ames is the worst for plowing. West Des Moines will often have the road down to bare pavement within 24 hours, while much of ames the snow will come off when it melts off.
    This, for sure. Ames was by far the worst city I'd lived in for clearing snow. I think they leave Lincoln Way till last in an attempt to keep the college kids stranded.

    I live in Dubuque now, and I think they do a pretty darn good job. But I suppose if they don't, all the hills would make for quite a few accidents.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by Dopey View Post
    This, for sure. Ames was by far the worst city I'd lived in for clearing snow. I think they leave Lincoln Way till last in an attempt to keep the college kids stranded.

    I live in Dubuque now, and I think they do a pretty darn good job. But I suppose if they don't, all the hills would make for quite a few accidents.


    Most people that move here from a big city from the east coast say our roads suck during snow storms. In Iowa we drive in slush and snow all the time but to them they should be clean right down to the concrete. I then ask what their taxes are where they live and then we find out why their streets are so clean.

    They plow all the time during these storms and even take care of peoples sidewalks in Boston area where my wife is from. Lot's of money spent for sure.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    After growing up in Des Moines, Ames snow removal seems fantastic. My Ames residential street is usually plowed by 9am every morning. In Des Moines, we were lucky to see a plow within 2 days of a snowstorm. By the time the plows showed up, the snow was all packed down to ice, and the plows only polished the ice.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    1. Ames sucks at snow removal regardless
    2. There is no 2.




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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by GoCy View Post
    After growing up in Des Moines, Ames snow removal seems fantastic. My Ames residential street is usually plowed by 9am every morning. In Des Moines, we were lucky to see a plow within 2 days of a snowstorm. By the time the plows showed up, the snow was all packed down to ice, and the plows only polished the ice.
    Where did you live in DM / where do you now live in Ames?

    My experience is the exact opposite of this. Ames snow removal is terrible. They won't plow at all until 3 to 4 inches have fallen.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFAN80 View Post
    Most people that move here from a big city from the east coast say our roads suck during snow storms. In Iowa we drive in slush and snow all the time but to them they should be clean right down to the concrete. I then ask what their taxes are where they live and then we find out why their streets are so clean.

    They plow all the time during these storms and even take care of peoples sidewalks in Boston area where my wife is from. Lot's of money spent for sure.
    A big difference is that we have a lot larger road network by population than a lot of states also. I think our network is as large as New York's but several million less people.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    A big difference is that we have a lot larger road network by population than a lot of states also. I think our network is as large as New York's but several million less people.
    This is true. Additionally, the Eastern seaboard won't routinely go several consecutive weeks without getting above freezing. So if they plow well enough they can wait two days and the rest melts off of the roads.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    The one thing that boggles my mind abut winter in Iowa is that there isn't a 4 wheel drive liquor delivery service.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    A big difference is that we have a lot larger road network by population than a lot of states also. I think our network is as large as New York's but several million less people.
    That may be true, but it's still no excuse to not have the major interstates clean ASAP. Iowa does a terrible job in general of getting roads clean. I have driven many a time where in Iowa I was skating on the roads, having to go about 35 - 40 to be safe, to cross the river into Illinois and have them either be clean or look like it just rained.

    Heck, last year on our way back for Christmas, I think it was what, 4 days after the big storm you had, the roads looked and drove like it had just happened that morning.



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    The one thing that boggles my mind abut winter in Iowa is that there isn't a 4 wheel drive liquor delivery service.
    Wouldn't it make more sense for a snowmobile or a something with a track to be the delivery vehicle?



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    Re: The one thing that boggles my mind about winter in Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by longtimeclone View Post
    Wouldn't it make more sense for a snowmobile or a something with a track to be the delivery vehicle?
    It's possible cousin Eddie, but the quantity they'd be able to carry wouldn't be that big. Maybe they could tow a sled behind it?



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