How do I keep the city from plowing snow back into my driveway after I have scooped my drive?
When you scoop snow from your driveway, we ask that you keep the snow to the right side of your driveway (as you are facing the street). This will help you avoid having your driveway plowed back shut with snow when the snow plows come down your street.
Can I park on the streets in the winter?
In order to run our snow plowing operations as efficiently as possible, we ask citizens to keep parked cars off streets as often as possible. Parked cars are an obstacle to clearing the street well, and also pose a hazard that plows must maneuver around. Your street will be plowed more thoroughly if there are fewer cars parked on the street.
How can you help?
You can assist our snow removal operations in several ways:
- Always park your vehicle off of the street during snow and ice events.
- Do not follow equipment too closely. Please be patient if you are required to wait behind a piece of snow removal equipment.
- Make certain that your speed is reasonable for conditions.
- Please Buckle Up For Safety and enjoy our Winter Wonderland.
Why do I see plows driving around Columbia with their plows up?
During snow removal operations, depending on the weather event, there will be times trucks are traveling with their plows up. This occurs when the truck has spread the salt and/or calcium chloride on the street to prevent plowing the material immediately back off to the curb. When the snow plows make trips to and from the street division facility to get more treatment material, they may go over streets that have already been treated.