Columbia Public Works Prepares for Winter Weather
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Works' snow plow drivers drove their routes on Thursday in preparation for winter weather. Street division officials also met with all of the drivers to discuss changes along the routes and to review snow and ice procedures.
The city divides more than 500 miles of city streets into wards and gives first priority to main streets. Drivers plow and pour salt on main roads like Providence, Rock Quarry and Broadway first. Residential areas receive third priority.
Public Works officials said the practice run helps the drivers be more efficient when snow and ice hit Columbia.
"We've been getting ready for a number of weeks," Steven Sapp said. "Today is their opportunity to practice with the trucks, make sure they are comfortable and familiar with controls after a long, hot summer."
Workers attached the plows to the trucks prior to the practice run and the plows will stay on the trucks until mid-March.