Police Department, towing companies clear roads for snow plows

Friday, February 22, 2013 | 1:23 p.m. CST; updated 1:59 p.m. CST, Friday, February 22, 2013

COLUMBIA — Abandoned cars have been towed Friday morning all across Columbia to make way for city snow plows.

The Columbia Police Department is working with local towing companies to get the roads cleared.

Towing began this morning, and most vehicles towed have not been ticketed, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said.

"If it's not on the roadway, it's likely not being ticketed," Stroer said.

The Police Department is working to get main roads clear for plowing, and will work on secondary and side streets soon.

Any tickets that have been issued have been for abandoned vehicles blocking private drives or vehicles left in their lanes on the roadway, however, it depends on the circumstances, Stroer said.

The Police Department posted on its Facebook page that any vehicles towed might have been taken to any of the local law enforcement agencies or some local towing companies working with the police during the storm.

"The easiest way to find your vehicle is to call the area tow companies," the post read. "They will also be able to tell you how much the fee is they charge."

The Missouri Department of Transportation worked throughout Thursday to clear Interstate 70 and U.S. 63 with wreckers and snow plows.

Mike Schupp, area engineer for MoDOT's central district, said the department works through the Missouri State Highway Patrol and private towing companies to clear abandoned vehicles from highways.

Schupp was unable to give an estimate on the number of cars already towed, but he said towing companies usually take the vehicles to company lots.

Abandoned vehicles were towed from St. Charles Road on Friday morning to make way for city plows.

Third Ward City Council member Gary Kespohl said there were so many cars along the sides of St. Charles Road and in ditches that the plow could not get through to clear the road.

"Four cars were stuck on my street, and mine was one of them," Kespohl said. "I dug mine out this morning."

The Missourian will continue to gather reports of Friday road conditions from around town, including live updates and links to other road conditions maps.

If your car has been towed, contact the Police Department's non-emergency line at 573-874-7642 or call local towing companies:

  • A.J.'s Towing, 573-814-1842
  • Carl's Towing, 573-474-4812
  • Doug Perry Towing, 573-442-4616
  • Economy Towing, 573-474-6630
  • I-70 Towing, 573-449-3336
  • Tiger Towing, 573-449-3754
  • Slate Towing, 573-814-1842

Missourian reporters Madeline O'Leary and Claire Landsbaum contributed to this report.

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.

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