Columbia Public Works is responsible for snow removal and the treatment of city streets.
Crews from Public Works Street Division, Traffic Engineering Services, and Wastewater division employee's clear over 1,300 lane miles of streets when snow accumulates 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 Water & Light, Parks& Recreation, the City Managers Office, and others.
Columbia Public Works plows and treats roadways within the city limits of Columbia. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plows state highways which run through the city limits such as Providence Road, College Ave, Stadium Blvd and others. Boone County Resource Management plows county roads which may border the city limits.
Columbia Public Works, MoDOT, and Boone County Resource Management communicate closely during winter storms to coordinate efforts while trying to avoid duplication. When snow is on the roadways and plows are out, all three agencies operate with a "plow down" policy. This means that no matter what 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 bladed and applied a snow/ice melting treatment to Providence Road and a Columbia PW truck is travelling down Providence, our blade may be up so that we don't plow off the snow/ice melting agent MoDOT just spread.
You can often tell which agency truck you see by the color of the truck. Columbia Public Works trucks are generally white although we do still have some yellow trucks. MoDOT trucks are all yellow. Boone County Resource Management trucks are red.