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Columbia Public Works asks residents to clear priority snow routes

Columbia Public Works has a 16-person crew out treating the roads and are asking residents to voluntarily move their vehicles from priority routes as soon as possible.

Spokesperson Barry Dalton said crews are working around the clock to clear the roads. He asks people to not pass around plows and avoid traveling if possible.

“It would be best not to drive this evening because it makes it more difficult for plows to do their job and it’s a safety risk,” he said.

Blizzard conditions will make visibility difficult or impossible at times so officials said moving cars off all the roads will protect the snow plow drivers as well as residents’ cars, allowing crews to do their job.

“We are asking all residents to voluntarily move their vehicles as soon as possible off of priority routes in case we do receive two inches of snow this evening,” the press release stated. “This will be very helpful even if we don’t get two inches. Thank you for your help!”

If you are not sure which street is a priority route, you can look for the red, white and blue signs that say “Designated Snow Route.” There is also a list of those streets and an online map at

The State of Missouri lists road status on its traveler map.

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