With winter just around the corner and the very real chance of snow starting to fall any day. I thought I would let you know that the County has some roads that will be very low priority roads to plow this year. As in the past years, these roads are listed on the maps as “No Snow Removal Routes” and “Level B Roads”. These are roads that have no one living on them and the decision was made to not spend time and money plowing them every time the plows go out. Having said that, it doesn't mean that the roads will never be plowed during the winter, just that they are the last to be plowed, often days after the main roads have been opened. In the event of a truly bad winter, they will remain closed. Additionally, by not getting bogged down removing snow on these routes we are able to focus our efforts on higher priority roads.
Hard surface roads will always be a high priority, gravel roads will be next to be plowed, and so on. It takes time and man hours to clear all the snow after a snow fall, blizzards are even worse, so please be understanding of the workers and equipment.
We are creatures of habit, so, this will take some work on the part of the citizens to check the roads out and maybe keep a map of the roads in their vehicles. The map is available free of charge at the County Engineers Office or it may be printed from the Fayette County web site at: www.fayettecountyiowa.org once the page come up scroll down on the right-hand side and click on County Road Closures, on the next page click on Road Classification Map 2016/2017. Please share these routes with family members that use these gravel roads in their daily travels so another route can be taken. All of these routes are signed with a yellow diamond shaped sign that warns travelers the road is a minimum maintenance Level B or a No Snow Removal road.
Also, if your mailbox is removed from its post by a snowplow please contact the County Engineers Office as there is a policy for the replacement of them. Their phone number is 563-422-3552.
When you are clearing your driveway after a snowfall/blizzard please remember to not push the snow across the road and leave windrows as this creates an area that will cause drifting of the snow. Also, large snow piles at the edge of the road are dangerous to travelers and can snap the shear pins on the snowplow wings when snowplow drivers try to clear the shoulders. When one snowplow is down, it takes longer to get everyone moving again as other plows need to cover their routes.
If you have a medical issue or are expecting a baby this winter you will want to make the County Engineers Office aware of this so provisions can be made to help get you to the hospital or get medical personnel to you, if necessary. Iowa snow storms, as you well know, can be very treacherous so please plan ahead. Don’t put yourself and others in danger.
Thank you to the Fayette County Engineer, Joel Fantz for helping with this article.