Columbia Public Works utilizes resources used during normal
weather conditions for street maintenance and construction, sewer line
maintenance and construction, etc.
During the winter months, these resources are re purposed by adding
snow plows and salt spreaders.
Our fleet from Public Works Street Department consists of -
Public works also utilizes equipment to clear sidewalks with consist of -
Columbia Public Works can also scale up resources by reaching out to
other divisions and departments which can provide additional dump trucks,
font-end loaders, and miscellaneous equipment to clear sidewalks, etc.
New in 2013 will be the addition of a second motor grader with a dual wing plow.
The equipment is currently on order with no set delivery date at this time.
Click here to see photo's of our snow fighting equipment .
In addition to plows and spreaders, Columbia Public Works must also have
storage and loading site(s) for salt and other pre and post road treatment materials.
Located on Big Bear Blvd. is the LeRoy Anderson Salt Dome. At this site,
we can store up to 7,000 tons of dry salt. The salt is mined in Hutchinson KS
and is a clean, natural salt free of any man made chemicals.
Snow and ice management on roadways has evolved into a fairly scientific process
with a number of various chemical and natural means utilized to prevent snow/ice from sticking to
road and then actually assisting with the melting of snow/ice during plowing operations.
When snow/ice is forecast, managers check pavement temperatures, monitor the
forecast, and develop a plan to determine if pretreatment of roadways will be
beneficial and what methods of pre-treatment would be most beneficial. Each storm,
while in some ways the same, are very different when it comes to determining a
sound course of action. That is why our plans may vary from storm to storm.
In addition to dry salt, we can also produce a liquid brine (salt water) solution which,
when conditions call for, can be mixed into the dry salt to enhance the snow and ice
melting capability of the treatment.
Calcium Chloride may also used in various solutions to spread as a pre-treatment
when snow/ice is forecast to prevent the snow/ice from bonding to the road and actually
melting the snow/ice to a certain point.
We may also mix in natural beet juice which increases the stickiness of the liquid brine
used to pretreat roads before predicted snow falls. Beet juice make the product adhere
and bond to the road surface to improve performance. The beet juice does have an odor
which some people describe as mildly unpleasant.