Columbia Public Works is responsible for snow and ice management on designated City streets. Crews from Public Works Street Division, Traffic Engineering Services, and other City divisions plow and/or treat more than 1,100 lane miles of streets during a winter storm.
During severe winter weather events, Columbia Public Works can increase the number of physical and personnel resources by reaching out to other City departments including Columbia Utilities (Water & Light, Sewer, Stormwater, Solid Waste), Parks & Recreation, the City Manager’s Office and others.
Snow Response Inter-agency Team
City, County and State agencies are responsible for treating and plowing different roads and streets in the Columbia area:
- Columbia plows and treats roadways within the City limits not covered by other agencies.
- Boone County plows county roads which may be on or inside the border of the city limits.
- The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plows major state roadways which run through the city limits, such as Providence Road, College Avenue, Stadium Boulevard and others.
Columbia Public Works, Boone County Resource Management, and MoDOT communicate as much as possible during winter storm events to coordinate efforts while trying to avoid duplication. However, when snow is on the roadways and plows are out, all three agencies operate with a “plow down” policy on all roads they traverse. This means that no matter which agency is on what road, their plow blades will generally be down. (There are of course some exceptions to this policy. If for example, MoDOT just plowed and applied a snow/ice melting treatment to Providence Road, our blades will be up so that we don’t plow off the snow/ice melting agent MoDOT just spread.)
You can often tell which agency is on the road by the color of the truck.
Boone County Resource Management trucks are red.
Columbia trucks are generally white although we do still have a few yellow trucks (Columbia Snow Fleet).
MoDOT trucks are all yellow.