City snow removal process is complete

Friday, January 14, 2011 | 3:35 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The street crews are finished plowing all main roads and residential streets.

"For now we're done with street maintenance," said Jill Stedem, public information officer for Columbia Public Works. "Until the sun comes out and helps melt it, we won't be going back into residential areas."

She said most of the main roads, or first and second priority roads, have been cleared down to dry pavement, but some residential and side streets still have snow remaining on them. She said that the process has been completed for now.

She said the city will clear residential streets during their normal shifts unless more than four inches of snow falls, in which case the maintenance will use overtime and work around the clock. Crews will clear the streets until they are safe to drive on, but they won't necessarily remove all the snow, she said.

"We don't get them cleared down to dry pavement," Stedem said. "We just make them safe and passable."

Stedem said they don't have the equipment, personnel or budget to completely clear all of the snow. 

If you have a concern about your residential street, you can call the Street and Sidewalk Maintenance Department at 874-6289, and a crew will come evaluate your area.

Stedem also said that it might not appear that crews have done work because of a change in their treatment tactics.

"We're treating with straight salt, and they're used to seeing cinders in their area," she said. "It could be that people aren't seeing the cinders, and they're thinking we're not doing anything."

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Thad Simmons January 15, 2011 | 6:47 a.m.

What a joke! The more correct statement should have been that the city of columbia has cleared residential streets so long as you live inthe central or south part of town. Here in Ward 3, thanks in large part to the fact that our illustrious councilman Gary Kespohl cares NOTHING about this part of his ward, the residents have yet to see a snow plow. Our streets were packed snow, all of the snow that fell, until yesterday when it finally melted. Our part of the city, northeast ward 3, gets almost none of the city services the rest of the city gets, we don't get pedways, sidewalks, walking trails, snow removal, etc. etc. Great job Columbia on once again completely ignoring the northeast part of the city. Thanks for nothing!!!!

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