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Snow removal operations

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s is responsible for snow and ice removal on more than 9,000 miles of Iowa highways. Iowa’s winters present a number of challenges to snow and ice removal operations throughout the state. A typical Iowa winter will include about 32 inches of snow, several freezing rain events, below zero temperatures, and lots of blowing and drifting snow. These challenges are faced head-on by a dedicated force of approximately 1,200 snowplow operators, mechanics and supervisors at 110 maintenance garages.

This section is an overview of the different tools and resources used by the Iowa DOT in its battle to keep Iowa roadways clear of snow and ice each season.

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