IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa City crews will hit the streets in downtown Wednesday night to begin clearing snow from the most recent snowstorm, according to public works director Rick Fosse.
Snowy streets in the downtown area were a point of criticism on various social media sites on Wednesday.
"We have to wait until that area is really clear," Fosse said. "In downtown it's more of a matter of snow removal than snow plowing."
Fosse said because of downtown congestion during the day it is too difficult to remove snow piles. During the storm crews typically try and push the snow into various piles along the streets, he said.
City crews have had an especially difficult year because many of the snow storms have come during overnight hours, leading to lengthy delays in snow removal the next day, according to Fosse.
The Iowa City Downtown District also weighed in on the concerns Wednesday afternoon.
"The City's salt and sand reserves for supporting snow melt on the streets are being tested this year. You may notice more snow piling in parking stalls as a result," a statement to business owners from the Iowa City Downtown District said. "They have heard from the [Iowa City Downtown District] on this issue and will start clearing piles this evening – it may take several days."
Sidewalk cleanup outside of downtown businesses is the responsibility of business owners. The downtown district urged owners to help each other out after this most recent snowfall.