Peosta alters UTV/ATV rules, opening up all roads during day

The Peosta City Council voted unanimously Sept. 14 to further open the town for all-terrain vehicle and off-road utility vehicle usage.

For the past year, the vehicles have not been allowed on primary road extensions like Peosta Street and Burds Road between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Now, vehicles are allowed anywhere in town between 5 a.m. and sunset except for city parking lots during school hours.

The ordinance also includes a clarification that only those 18 or older and in possession of a valid driver’s license can operate an ATV or UTV, made at the recommendation of City Attorney Doug Herman.

The new ordinance was modeled after Dubuque County’s UTV and ATV rules, which allow the vehicles from 5 a.m. to sunset on secondary roadways.

Though the county rules set a speed limit of 35 miles per hour, the Peosta speed limit for the vehicles is 25 miles per hour or the posted speed limit, whichever is lower.

Cox Springs Road is the only roadway in city limits with a speed limit above 25 miles per hour.