Road impassable in Iowa City

Foster Road to the Pennisula neighborhood in Iowa City was impassable late this afternoon due to the snowfall making for poor road conditions. Cars attempting to crest the hill were forced to retreat back down it unless they were equipped with four wheel drive. This is a typcial condition during a snowfall because the City generally doesn't condition the road until well after a snow event occurs. Many can be affected by this with well over 100 homes are located in the Pennisula neighborhood. Foster Road is the only access in and out of the neighborhood.

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Dwight says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 2:53 AM

They need to hurry and salt the roads before there is accidents. Especiallly if they dont cancel school. You got a bunch of high schoolers drving around in poor weather conditions! NOT GOOD...

Blackwolf says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 5:22 AM

Sometimes you just have to deal with the conditions and make safe choices. If you don't (duh) or can't be prepared when living in an area like this (such as having a 4x4 or even a snowmobile) you should at least make the choice to stay home.

jeff says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 6:52 AM

the hill was there before the people built or moved there, if they did not asses the area before they moved in, why does that become the city or states problem,

Joe says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 7:36 AM

1 Jeff- I moved out in Rural Linn county and purchased a 4WD after the 1st winter. You want to live there buy the vehicle that can too. Another Exp of everyone needing to have someone do something for them instead of by doing it on their own.

Dee Ewing says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 7:41 AM

we run into the same thing here in our little road-especially when it has the ice that we have had, streets are icy and can't stop at times at the stop sign

charli03 says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 7:43 AM

This is why town people do not belong in the country. Beautiful in summer but if you cant take winters, dont expect everyone else to come to your rescue. I think planning ahead would have been good.

jamiesioux says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 8:11 AM

I don't consider the Peninsula neighborhood as being "out in the country;" it's off of Dubuque St near City Park, Mayflower Dorm, etc. I wouldn't have expected those residents to be in need of 4WD-the issue is it's the city's last place to plow.

paleale says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 8:39 AM

they salt our col de sac 3- 5 times a day, and we only have 5 houses on it, dont even need it.

JAH10 says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 8:58 AM

its nice to have 4WD, BUT not alot of peeps have that luxary. if your tires are JANK and no tread then you are not going to get anywhere. I have front wheel drive and not ONCE this winter I have been stuck.

matt says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 10:44 AM

Country? What are you people talking about? He's talking about Foster Road in Iowa City, which is the only way in or out of the neighborhood at the end. It was cut off during the flood. But hey, you don't live there, so what do you care, right?

bb410 says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 11:41 AM

I'm not sure what I was supposed to gain from the video. I see the cars backing down, but the video wasn't great, seeing that it was dark outside.

deepwell says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 12:29 PM

That WAS a COUNTRY road at one time, I used to plow it with the maintainer. When they put in that sub development the developer should have thought about access to the EXPENSIVE neighborhood. How much tax do you want to pay? It all cost money.

Inspector Gadget says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 12:33 PM

Dear Dwight, they have school buses for kids. Especially those who don't know how to drive in bad weather. If you don't know this, stay in school.

IowaCityMiss23 says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 2:24 PM

Everyone just needs to slow down. There's no secret, there's no magical car feature, there's no ancient wisdom to be passed down from ancestors. The only advice that people need is to slow down. Interesting to see all the "4x4" trucks in the ditch.

Smarter says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 3:31 PM

They make school buses for kids Dwight.

TIM says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 4:50 PM

sometimes 4x4 don't matter and the county needs to do better jobs. i live on a dead end gravel in linn county and they won't put gravel on it at all in winter. and having 4x4 don't help when it is smooth and ice. we pay taxes just like city people.

Peninsula Resident says ... on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 6:53 PM

The City buses are also running to and from the Peninsula; many people who live in the neighborhood choose to take the bus to the University or hospital when the roads are bad. fyi -- Please note the correct spelling of "Peninsula."

GrowAPair says ... on Wednesday, Feb 10 at 6:58 AM

Um... doesn't look impassable to me. The video shows two cars driving down the road.

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