Hiawatha Snow Emergency Reminder
Hiawatha's snow ordinance will be in effect when the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a snowfall in which three (3) or more inches are expected. While the Snow Emergency is in effect, there is no parking on any city street. Vehicles found parked in violation of this ordinance will receive a $25 parking ticket and/or be impounded.
During overnight snow removal operations, vehicles found in violation on City streets will be towed.
The Snow Emergency declaration will be given to all the local media including but not limited to: KGAN (Channel 2), KCRG (Channel 9), and KWWL (Channel 7). The declaration will also be posted on the City website, www.hiawatha-iowa.com. Your cooperation is appreciated.
REMEMBER - Don't park in the street if:
The 24 hour (or less) prediction by the NWS is for three (3) or more inches of snow.
Three (3) or more inches of snow has fallen and/or your street has not been cleared.
Also, the City will NOT generally conduct snowfall clearing operations for a snowfall of less than two (2) inches. This policy remains unchanged from prior years.
Please remember: Sidewalks must be shoveled within 24 hours of the cessation of snow fall, clear snow from around fire hydrants that are near your property, check with your neighbors regarding snow removal and direct sump pumps and downspouts away from hard surfaces so that water doesn't build up and freeze, creating slippery conditions on driveways, sidewalks, or streets.
For the current road conditions: call 511 or log onto the Iowa DOT winter road conditions web page. www.iowadot.gov.
NORTH CENTER POINT ROAD PROJECT UPDATE
The closure of North Center Point Road at the CC&P Railroad, which began on September 30, 2013 and due to improvements to North Center Point Road, ended in November 2013, with the two center lanes re-open to traffic, and the two outer lanes re-opening prior to Christmas 2013. Access to all businesses are also re-open. Along with the re-opening of all four lanes, a new concrete median has been constructed at the railroad tracks, separating traffic and allowing for a possible future Quiet Zone, reducing the use of train horns within Hiawatha, one of the first such Quiet Zones in Iowa. New streetlights, matching the current North Center Point Road lights, north and south of the project, have sprung up along the road, too. These ornamental street lights will increase safety and visibility for drivers, as well as for bicyclists and pedestrians on a new 10' Cedar Valley Trail on the east side of North Center Point Road.
Public transportation users will notice an architectural bus shelter has replaced the previous concrete slab, now providing shelter from inclement weather.
Parsons Drive, re-graded and repaved, has also been re-opened, along with a new 5' sidewalk connecting to the Cedar Valley Trail, increasing route options for pedestrians within the region.
Observant users will also notice several block columns rising from the earth on the west side of North Center Point Road. These are the first sneak peek at the future stone wall to be finished in the spring. Once completed, the wall will materially and thematically continue both the Blairs Ferry Road and Boyson Road monumental signage, giving users the unique visual sense of being in Hiawatha.
A new future 5' wide sidewalk will be completed on the west side, paralleling North Center Point Road and connecting to the current sidewalk north of the railroad tracks. Currently, there are parts of this sidewalk installed, but we ask users to use the Cedar Valley Trail until this sidewalk is completed in the spring.
As stated above, all four lanes will be open to drivers, but there may be ephemeral traffic delays, as the lighting on the west side is installed as the poles become ready for installation. We ask that drivers please follow the signage directing them to each business and to detours. Your cooperation and patience through this project has been much appreciated, and we look forward to a vastly improved North Center Point Road come this spring.