Designated Snow Routes

    When a snow or ice event hits Columbia, snow plows must treat and plow the equivalent lane miles of the distance from Columbia to Miami. The Public Works Department, Boone County and the Missouri Department of Transportation share responsibility for treating and plowing streets in and around Columbia. 

    Major Roads First: Of the streets that Public Works treats and plows, 275 lane miles have been designated as First Priority streets and 191 lane miles as Second Priority streets. First Priority streets are major streets that facilitate access to public transportation, hospitals, fire stations and other public safety needs. Second Priority streets are heavily traveled streets for access to schools and businesses. 


     Street or Area Description Examples
    First Priority Streets Major City streets for public safety needs e.g., Broadway, Green Meadows Road, Vandiver Drive
    Second Priority Streets Heavily traveled collector streets for
    Public Safety and City/School bus routes
    as well as streets connecting to schools,
    hospitals and other critical areas
    e.g., Derby Ridge Drive, Fairview, Parkade
    Optimization Routes
    (Third Priority – Pilot Phase)
    This year some new optimization routes are being piloted to facilitate vehicle access to first/second priority routes as well as residential neighborhoods.   e.g., Steeple Chase, Dunbar, Keystone
    City Priority Areas  Downtown Streets & Priority Neighborhoods

    North Map
    South Map
    Priority neighborhood map

    MoDOT Routes Major roads in and around Columbia that are plowed and treated by the Missouri Department of Transportation 

    e.g. I-70, Hwy 163, Broadway, Business Loop 70, College Ave., Rangeline St., Stadium


     Interactive Online Map 


    How to Use the Interactive Online Map: Click on the interactive map. Click on the filter icon in the top right-hand corner. Check the box that says “Snow_ Routes_Areas.” 

    Online Map Key: 

    • Red are 1st Priority City streets;
    • Blue are 2nd Priority City streets;
    • Purple are 3rd Priority City streets;
    • Green are MoDOT streets.
    • Diagonal lines indicate priority neighborhoods and areas.

    Ward Maps: Printable Maps of Priority Streets (pdf) for 2016 – 2017

    Poster: Columbia Snow Priority Map PDF Poster – Large File (pdf)

    Photos:  Snow Fleet Photos