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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Just days after several inches of of snow fell across eastern Iowa, some people are upset with the condition of their streets.

People living in Iowa City reached out to KWWL asking why city crews haven't plowed the streets because they tell us the streets are still snow-packed.

"The roads are not too nice," said Alex Linden. "I just think the roads could've been cleaned off a little bit better."

Linden along with other residents living in Iowa City says street crews should have done better clearing the roads near the downtown area because there are several streets, still completely covered.

Stacey Nile, who drives often says roads look like the plow drivers haven't even touched them.

"We have how much money that goes into the city and they just aren't taking care of it," said Niles. "They should be better about it."

However, Iowa City road crews tell me they have plowed all the streets throughout Iowa City.

Jon Resler, Iowa City streets superintendent says what many people are seeing is actually snow packs from traffic.

He says with the complexity the winter storm brought us, even plowed and salted roads look untouched.

"I think they're doing about the best they can considering the amount of snow we got," said Jay Sigafoose.

Sigafoose says he agrees the roads are not in the best shape, but there so much snow, he wouldn't expect any more from crews.

"With the amount of snow we got, and the fact that it was a wet heavy snow and got packed," said Sigafoose. "I think two, three, or four days is probably reasonable to get down to the pavement."

However Linden says it shouldn't take that long.

"Two day's is more than enough time to get the roads cleaned," said Linden. "The city kind of did a poor job getting rid of the snow."

Resler says crews have applied salt mixtures along roads , but it takes time for the salt to react, especially in cold conditions.

He says if his crews plow the roads again with the salt mixture down, it's a waste of salt, and a waste of your tax dollars.

"Maybe hire more people for snow plow, or put more salt down, it's kind of slippery," said Niles

Iowa City street crews has a total of twelve routes, with 24 street crew members and countless hours going into clearing the streets.

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