Latest Update: September 23, 2015
Current Operations Status:
We’re already preparing for the winter of 2015/2016. The salt storage facility is full; we’re getting ready to transition the trucks from summer street maintenance work to winter snow plowing and salting; we’re getting our snow route maps in order, and we will host our annual “Snow Conference” in late October.
Progress Maps of Residential Areas: Not Active
Track plow crews progress with these maps provided by our GIS Department with data supplied from our plow crews, inspectors, and supervisors. This section will be active only when we are plowing and treating in residential areas. The map will update every hour at the top of the hour.
Snow and Ice Management – Policy on Passable Roads
For snow events with less than 4 inches of snow:
- City crews will plow and treat first and second priority streets to a passable condition, utilizing overtime if necessary.
- Crews will plow and treat residential streets to a passable condition during regular working hours only (M-F 8-5)
For snow events with more than 4 inches of snow:
- City crews will plow and treat first and second priority streets to a passable condition, utilizing overtime if necessary, and then;
- Crews will plow and treat residential streets to a passable condition utilizing overtime if necessary.
The City of Columbia defines streets as passable, that although the road may still be snow packed, at least one travel lane is accessible for a front wheel drive vehicle at speeds and driving conditions below the normal posted speed limits. Your vehicles condition and your driving skills also determine your ability to navigate roads defined as passable.
Priority Snow Routes – Parking Prohibited
For snow events with 2 inches or more of snow:
Whenever snow accumulates more than 2 inches on the roadway, any vehicle parked on a designated snow route must be moved off of the roadway immediately per city ordinance 14-304. By removing vehicles from priority snow routes, our plows are able to quickly and efficiently clear priority roads for improved public safety responses and move into residential areas when conditions warrant. Please help us clear roads quicker by moving your vehicle during snowfalls greater than 2 inches. The fine for failure to move a vehicle from a priority snow route is $100 plus towing and storage charges.
Sign up for automatic notification when snow accumulations are forecast or do reach 2 inches or greater so you know when to move your vehicle off off priority snow routes. Click here. Make sure you subscribe to “Columbia – Public Works” and set SMS message to “Alerts, Advisories, Community”.