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The Linn County Secondary Road Department is prepared for the 2021-22 winter season. Part of preparation is sharing information with residents about the Secondary Road Department’s hours of operation, snow routes, and snow and ice ordinance and policy.
Snow removal routes on Linn County secondary roads are prioritized by traffic count and road surfacing and are designated as Priority Routes and Standard Routes. There are 30 Priority Routes served by 30 truck snowplows and plow operators. There are 41 Standard Routes served by 30 truck snowplows, 11 motor graders, and their operators. Linn County has approximately 1,200 miles of secondary roads, which is roughly the equivalent of driving from Linn County to Nashville and back.
Maps of the Priority and Standard Routes and Linn County’s snow and ice ordinance and policy are available on Linn County’s website at www.LinnCountyIowa.gov/Engineer or at the Engineer’s Office, 1888 County Home Road, Marion.
Important points of the ordinance and policy include:
It is important to remember each winter storm has individual characteristics and road crews respond accordingly. In addition, the Secondary Road Department will from time to time test and evaluate various new products, equipment, and methods in order to develop strategies for improving effectiveness and response to winter driving conditions. For these reasons, level of service will not be exactly the same from one road to the next, nor from one storm to the next.
Snow Response Updates
Linn County provides text and email updates to its response to snow events. Subscribe to receive the updates by visiting www.linncountyiowa.gov/notifyme.
Winter Driving Safety Tips