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Downtown snow medians to be cleared

December 22, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Although they might be an inconvenience, the Public Works Director says snow medians are necessary.

Lynn Couch, Public Works director, said crews began removing the roughly two-foot-tall mounds of snow piled in the middle of downtown streets Friday afternoon.

Crews worked until 4 p.m. removing the medians, and continued the removal effort beginning at 1 a.m. Saturday. Couch said the medians should be completely removed by Saturday morning.

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Public Works street crews began removing snow medians, shown here along Main Street, Friday afternoon. Crews should complete their removal early Saturday.

But not everyone thinks plowing the snow into the middle of the street is such a good idea.

"You can't get anywhere," said Malinda Lutes, of Marshalltown. "It's a potential for accidents."

Lutes said the mounds of snow invite children to play on them, which is a recipe for disaster.

Couch said Public Works plows the snow to the middle of the streets because there is nowhere else to put it, and the department doesn't have the staff to remove it at the same time it plows.

"If we plowed to the side, you can imagine where it would go," he said. "The downtown businesses would not appreciate it."

He said the removal will follow the same pattern it has in years past.

Dan Webber, of Marshalltown, said the Public Works Department does a good job getting the snow off the streets in a timely manner, which is the most important part.

However, Webber said, he would like it if there was less delay between the initial plow and the removal of the snow medians. Parking on both sides of the street limits driving area, he added.

"It's kind of confusing," he said. "You can't get through those barriers."

Couch said once the barriers are removed street workers will continue to lay salt where necessary, but will cease work until Wednesday, when it will finish plowing alleys it didn't get to previously. Crews have completed the first round of plowing on all streets.



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