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Slippery mess on Dubuque hills

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - This is a familiar picture each winter season in Dubuque and for many cities in Eastern Iowa. If more than three inches of snow falls the odd-even parking policy goes into effect.

But Tuesday's storm didn't call for it and icy roads on the hilly terrain are making it miserable for motorists.

While recent snow remains on some residential streets, it's parking that's become a slippery mess.

Tyler Rolling is returning to his car, parked on Arlington and Prairie street, for the first time since Tuesday's snow storm.

"After the big day when it snowed, I parked here and after I came back I couldn't get it back up the hill to get it out, so basically I'm stuck," said Rolling.

There were cars parked on both ends of his car because he was parked on a hill, attempting to move, meant risking hitting someone else.

"I need a car not to be behind me so I can back out, is the problem now," said Rolling.

Rolling's problem is common, especially when parked on a hill.

To give you an idea how difficult it is to navigate these hills, we parked on a residential street, on a hill. After several attempts to put the car in drive, then in reverse, we were able to pull out the spot, only to cross into the other lane and nearly drive onto the sidewalk. But streets all over Dubuque face the same problem.

If you're not required to move your car during a snow storm, plows won't be able to clear the street and you'll be left with an icy parking spot.

"I don't blame them. I don't know how much traffic these streets get. It is kind of a hassle uphill otherwise," said Rolling.

It's an uphill hassle that has Rolling's wheels finally rolling again.

Officials tell us if you would like to request to have your street plowed again. You can the Dubuque Public works department at 563-589-4250.

We have a few icy driving tips for you from the iowa department of transportation:

First off, go slow. This means slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.

Also, give yourself extra room to stop. And to maintain control of your vehicle on icy conditions -- avoid abrupt steering.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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