The City of Columbia Public Works Street Division plans to begin plowing and treating all City streets at 1 p.m., Jan. 24. Crews will begin plowing neighborhoods on the outside edge of the City and work toward the inner neighborhoods. A 22-person City of Columbia Public Works plow crew reported at 7 a.m., Jan. 24, to work on priority routes replacing the overnight crew. A new crew is currently being planned for 7 p.m. this evening to continue addressing all streets.
When snow accumulates to 4 inches, all City streets are plowed and treated to a passable condition 24/7, according to City policy. Although a street may still be snow packed, a street is considered passable once an inspector determines that at least one travel lane is accessible for a front wheel drive vehicle at driving speeds well below the normal posted speed limits. Examples of passable streets are available at https://www.como.gov/comosnow/home/examples-of-passable-roads.
The City encourages all residents to voluntarily move their vehicles off all streets; however, parking enforcement will only occur on priority routes. Vehicles parked on Designated Snow Routes, or priority routes, are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner's expense. Whenever snow accumulates more than 2 inches, any vehicle parked on a designated snow route should be moved off the roadway or risk a fine of $100 plus towing and storage charges. The purpose of this City Ordinance is to provide plow drivers the space needed to do their work more quickly, efficiently and safely. To be notified when it snows 2 inches or more, please sign up for alerts at Nixle.com or by texting COLUMBIAPW to 888-777. All priority routes are clearly marked with red, white and blue signs, and there is a list of these streets at CoMoSnow.com
As winter weather can be unpredictable, residents are encouraged to closely monitor the forecast and changing road conditions throughout the mid-Missouri area. Motorists are advised to drive with caution. Additional updates will be available via press release, on the City's social media pages and at CoMoSnow.com.