(COLUMBIA, MO) - The City of Columbia plans to conduct its annual dry snow run training exercise Tuesday, Nov. 22. Public Works Street crews will use the exercise as an opportunity to review safety procedures and practice their snow routes in order to better prepare for winter.

Most participants of the exercise will depart from the Grissum Building, 1313 Lakeview Ave., which is the headquarters for snow operations. Others will start at the Leroy Anderson Salt Dome, 1101 Big Bear Blvd., where the City stores its plows, equipment and road treatment materials.

Columbia has 1,418 lane miles of streets and 1,100 cul-de-sacs, making it necessary for Public Works to prioritize roads during ice and snow events. Over 691 lane miles of Columbia's roads are considered priority routes, creating a network of major roads and residential streets that extend throughout the city towards as many neighborhoods as possible. Crews will primarily practice these priority routes, observing differing street widths and familiarizing themselves with any barriers that they might encounter.

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When accumulations are less than 4 inches, crews focus on priority routes during normal business hours but will go into other residential areas if time and conditions on priority routes allow. If the snow exceeds 4 inches, crews will work around the clock to treat and plow every street in the city, beginning with priority routes, until they are deemed passable by snow inspectors. Although a street may still be snow packed, a road is considered passable if at least one lane is accessible for a front-wheel-drive vehicle driving at speeds well under the posted speed limit using prudent winter weather driving techniques.

For more information about City snow fighting policies and procedures, visit

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