Neighbors in Columbus wait on plows to clear side streets


Some people living in Columbus say they are still waiting for plows to hit their streets.

City officials say it could be a day or two before crews get to priority 3 routes.

There's a lot of work to be done in the neighborhood where Adam Murphy grew up.

"Woke up this morning to like 3 or 4 inches of snow," Adam Murphy said.

He shovels snow on the side for extra cash and there's plenty to remove.

"The main roads are pretty good. Some of these neighborhood streets are not as good," Murphy said.

Neighbors living in the Brentwood Park area say their streets haven't been touched.

"This hasn't changed. My roads haven't changed," Ashley App said.

The city of Columbus says if snow is on the ground its plows will get there, though there's no timeline for crews to clear priority 3 routes.

"So you'll often see us going over like a 315 or a 104 multiple, multiple times. So it can easily take us 12 hours after a storm ends just to get through the priority ones," Director of Public Service Jennifer Gallagher said.

Gallagher says depending on the storm, it could take a day or two to get to side streets.

"The expectation there though is not bare pavement. It is that we will scrape off the top layer of snow. Often if we scrape too far we get down to ice and that can make it more dangerous actually," Gallagher said.

Neighbor Ashley App says she didn't see a snow plow on her street Wednesday.

"It's a little frustrating. I would say it takes a little bit more than a day to get out here," App said.

App has been busy though, shoveling her own driveway.

"I'm going slow, they are slick. I mean you can tell there hasn't been a plow through here. Any snow that's been kicked up has been from the cars," App said.

Neighbors like App and Murphy say they'll just have to wait it out and hope a plow gets to their street soon.

City officials say if temperatures get below 15 degrees, crews will add brine, beet juice, or liquid calcium to salt to help the ice and snow melt.

You can also keep track of where Columbus plows have been by clicking here.