A 32-person Columbia Public Works plow crew has been focusing on priority routes since 7 o’clock last (Wednesday) night. They’ll be relieved by a new crew at 7 this morning.
Public Works says plow crews are facing renewed challenges, because road salt loses some of its effectiveness at lower temperatures. Public Works says continued snowfall means plow drivers will be required to repeatedly plow priority streets to keep them passable.
Plow crews will be shifting their focus to residential roads once the priority roads have been plowed into a passable state and as conditions allow. Public Works continues to encourage you to refrain from traveling, if possible.
Columbia Public Works has 21 tandem and single axle trucks, 11 one-ton trucks, three new class 5 trucks and a dedicated motor grader with a wing plow. Three backhoes and two skid steers are also available as needed. Columbia maintains 1,418 total lane miles and 691 priority lane miles.