Designated Snow Routes

Priority routes are plowed and treated 24 hours per day as needed during a winter weather event; other routes are plowed and treated to a passable condition during normal business hours. When snow reaches 4 inches, all of the City’s 1,350 lane miles are plowed and treated to a passable condition 24/7 once priority routes are near normal.  

There is no parking allowed on priority routes when snow accumulates 2 inches or more. Parking Utility staff do their best to warn drivers, but vehicles will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense if they are not moved. To be reminded of when it’s time to move cars off of priority routes, sign up for alerts at Nixle.com or by texting the phrase COLUMBIAPW to 888-777.

 Street or Area Description Examples
First Priority Streets Major residential and arterial streets for public safety needs e.g., Broadway, Green Meadows Road, Vandiver Drive
Second Priority Streets Heavily traveled collector and residential 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
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
Priority Areas  Downtown Streets & Priority Neighborhoods

Downtown: 
North Map
South Map
Priority neighborhood map

State Response:
MoDOT Routes

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

e.g. Highway 63, I-70, Hwy 163, Route B, Broadway, Business Loop 70, College Ave., Rangeline St., Stadium Blvd.

opens in a new windowInteractive Online Map 

opens in a new windowStreet Viewer Map

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

Online Map Key: 

  • Red = 1st Priority
  • Blue = 2nd Priority 
  • Purple = 3rd Priority
  • Green = MoDOT
  • Diagonal lines = priority neighborhoods and areas

Poster of Priority Routes  – Large File (pdf) – Oct. 26, 2018


Ward Maps: Printable Maps of Priority Streets (pdf) for 2018 – 2019



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Call: 573.874.2489   /   Email: PubW@CoMo.gov