Columbia street crews prepare for weekend weather
Street crews were standing by Friday afternoon in Columbia as they prepared for another snow event.
Columbia Public Works officials planned to utilize a 13-person street crew overnight Friday into Saturday. The first crew is scheduled to report Friday at 11 p.m. to monitor conditions and focus on priority routes. Columbia snowplow drivers expect heavy snowfall between 3 and 4 a.m.
People driving in Columbia should plan for snow-covered roads during their Saturday morning commutes.
A full 27-person street crew is scheduled for Saturday at 7 a.m. If Columbia were to get four inches of snow, additional plow crews from Columbia Utilities would hit the road at 10 a.m. Saturday for a total of a 45-person street crew. City officials said their equipment and staff were ready.
Columbia Public Works spokesman Barry Dalton said, “Crews have had time to rest. They’ve been working on their normal day shifts and then going home at their normal times. Our crews are rested and ready to go. We used about 751 tons of salt during the last event. We have plenty of salt on hand if needed in this event.”
If temperatures get in the single digits, that could impact how well the salt works as far as being a deterrent to melting ice and snow. Snowplow drivers might have to use other types of treatments.
Dalton asked everyone not to park on priority routes which were the main focus of his drivers.
If Columbia gets more than two inches, people parking on priority routes could get a ticket and a $100 fine.