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Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award 2017Columbia Public Works is responsible for snow and ice management on designated City streets. Crews from Public Works and other City divisions treat and 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.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) presented the Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award to Columbia Public Works at the APWA North American Snow Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 24, 2017. 


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.

award presentationColumbia 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 (depending on road conditions and treatment methods there may be some exceptions on a case by case basis.)n often tell which agency is on the road by the color of the truck. All agencies operate on a “plow down” policy regardless of whose road they are on (although there may be exceptions during some road treatment procedures depending upon conditions.)

Plow Truck Color Key
Color Agency
County – RED Boone County Resource Management trucks are typically red.
City – WHITE City of Columbia trucks are typically white.
State – YELLOW MoDOT trucks are typically yellow.

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