Move your vehicles: Snow ordinance to go into effect Monday at 6 p.m.


David Boschwitz/Iowa State Daily

A snow ordinance will go into effect at 6 p.m. Monday.

Devyn Leeson

A snow ordinance will go into effect at 6 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from the city of Ames.

“With the additional snow forecast, all Ames residents are asked to remove parked vehicles from residential streets, especially those parked on circles or cul-de-sacs,” according to the press release. “However, only those on snow routes are required to move them.”

The Ames snow ordinance goes into effect when two or more inches of snow falls and compliance with it is an important part of ensuring that roads are clear and safe to travel, said Justin Clausen, operations manager for the Department of Public Works in an interview with the Daily.

The ordinance requires people with vehicles parked along designated snow routes, which are designated by red and white signs, to move their vehicles to routes not used by the plows.

“Those routes are typically CyRide routes but there are others that aren’t,” Clausen said. “Ultimately, it is about getting the streets cleared so people can use the roadways safely.”

A complete list of designated snow routes can be found here.

Vehicles can return to being parked on the street after snow stops falling and the street has been plowed “curb to curb.”

While it isn’t required to remove cars from areas and streets that aren’t designated snow routes, the city of Ames recommends all Ames residents move their vehicles out of residential streets so people can travel as safely as possible.