SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Snowplow priority routes available on Public Works website

Monday, May 26, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to

The records: The Columbia Public Works Department follows priority routes when clearing streets covered with snow or ice. A map that shows which streets are prioritized — first, second or city — is available on the department's website.

Why you'd want them: If more than 2 inches of snow accumulate, parking on streets that are first or second priority is prohibited and may result in towing or ticketing. Following the priority routes also ensures the safest route when traveling in wintry conditions.

Where to get the records: Start by going to Scroll down and click on the blue, white and red rectangular icon that reads, "No parking when snow is over 2 inches." This should take you to a map labeled "Winter Weather Priority Routes." The map can be enlarged to show more detail. Scroll down the page to view priority maps of individual wards.

How much will it cost: There is no cost to view the maps online.

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