During the winter months, FP&M Campus Services provides snow and ice removal
as conditions warrant for 23 miles of institutional roads, 34 miles of sidewalks and bike paths, and 162 acres
of parking lots. Campus Services also provides snow and ice removal at the ISU Center for event parking.
The campus is divided into routes and the crews make use of various equipment
including a road grader, loaders, trucks with plows, tractors with plows or brooms, sanders, and hand shoveling
of doorways, steps, and small walkways. To improve visibility, all of the equipment has amber warning flashers and
backup alarms. Snow and ice removal is handled to the best of our abilities considering the availability of personnel
We have one supervisor on call at all times (24/7) during the winter weather season.
That person assesses existing conditions, the forecast, university activities and other factors to determine how
many staff to call in and when to begin snow removal and ice treatment operations. Crews will continue working
throughout the day if warranted and staff will stay into the night to clear snow and ice, or sand roadways.
If snow becomes hard packed by traffic or as conditions otherwise warrant, campus services will apply sand and
de-icier to assist in traction. A sidewalk that has been swept and/or sanded is safer than one that is untreated.
For information of snow and ice hazards click here.
Priority for snow and ice removal: In most instances snow and ice removal will
occur simultaneously for roadways, parking lots, primary sidewalks and primary entrances. In situations when
snow and ice occurs with heavy accumulation or is difficult to handle, the following priorities will be followed.
How you can help...
- Roadways – roadways serving university facilities
- Parking lots – accessible spaces, permit spaces, general spaces
- Primary sidewalks – main walkways traversing campus and leading to main building entrances
- Primary building entrances – main building entrances and accessible entrances
- Secondary sidewalks – walks not in primary route to campus facilities such as leading to side doors, back doors or limited access areas
- Secondary building entrances – side entrances, back entrances, limited access exits
- If you arrive at work and your normal parking lot is not plowed, please try to park in a plowed lot or
park in a group/cluster with other vehicles to ease snow removal. See the University's
Winter Storm Parking Plan for more details.
- At times, it can be extremely difficult for the operators to see pedestrians or vehicles while operating equipment, so please
allow as much space as possible between you and the equipment (at least fifty feet is recommended). The more room you give us
to work, the quicker we can have the snow and ice removed for your convenience.
- Please do not pull out or walk in front of trucks or any other equipment.
- Please notify us of problem areas by calling the FP&M service desk at 294-5100.