Contact: Columbia Public Works
Road crews worked around the clock this weekend treating priority roads and residential streets with salt, calcium chloride, and in some places, cinders, to battle the icy conditions Friday's ice storm brought to Columbia. As of Sunday evening, all sub-districts and neighborhoods had been treated and inspected by crews, just in time for the Monday morning commute. Although some slick spots still remain in shady areas or areas that got treated later in the day, Columbia Public Works reports that priority routes are in "good shape" with the majority clear, and residential streets are in generally good condition too except for some lingering icy patches. Morning commuters should still use winter driving precautions on roadways, as some slick areas still exist and allow plenty of extra time for their drive.
Road crews and customers won't get much of a break from the winter weather, with the possibility of "heavy snowfall" lingering in the air for as early as Tuesday morning. Customers should stay alert to weather conditions and be prepared to move parked cars off of priority routes if the forecast continues to call for over 2" of snow.
In the event of snow fall, in order to make roadways passable as quickly as possible for customers, a new city ordinance 14-304 designates 1st and 2nd priority snow routes as no parking zones when snow accumulates to more than 2 inches on Columbia roadways so that road crews can plow streets as quickly and efficiently as possible. The City aims to give customers as much advanced notice as possible in these situations so that they can be prepared and the crews can start plowing quickly.
Customers can get more information and updates on road conditions and the City's snow management efforts at www.comosnow.com and on the Public Works Facebook and Twitter pages.