A number of off-campus Ohio State students are expressing dissatisfaction with recent snow-removal efforts.Social media postings, as well as student interviews, reflected some student’s opinions that road- and street-clearing efforts over the past week left much to be desired.For example, Emmanuel Boateng, an OSU medical student, said, on Tuesday morning, an unexpected patch of ice, hidden under snow, on Chittenden Road was responsible for his car almost sliding out of control.”It was scary but luckily, I was driving slow enough that I was quickly able to get my car back in control,” said Boateng.Other complaints from OSU students have included large pile-ups of snow blocking driveways or other parking spots and residential streets left untreated for days after last Monday’s snow storm.However, the people that plow snow of Columbus streets, Columbus’ Snow Warriors, work hard to get the streets cleared.”Columbus’ Snow Warriors are responsible for 6,387 lane miles of roadway, more than Cleveland and Cincinnati combined.
.. Therefore, in a snow emergency, roads are treated based on priority levels. State routes and arterial streets are treated first, then collector streets are treated. Residential streets will be treated last,” says Jeff Ortega, the Department of Public Service spokesman. Ortega details how the Department of Public Service separates roadways into three priority levels.
Priority 1 roadways include State Routes 33, 104 and 315 and arterial streets like High Street, Broad Street and Morse Road. Priority 2 streets include collector streets, which connect arterial streets with residential streets like Sycamore Street and Clara Avenue. Priority 3 streets are residential streets like Schultz Avenue and Stinchcomb Drive, which have lower traffic volumes and lower speed limits compared to arterial or collector streets.The Department of Public Service has a website, warriorwatch.
columbus.gov, that provides additional information about street priority and the condition a street is in during the snow season. Off- campus students can enter their address on the website to see if their street has been treated, or to see what priority their street falls under for treatment. If students have a commute ahead of them, they can scroll the map and try to plan a route based on treated roadways.Ortega says Columbus residents and businesses must also play their role. “Under City Code, property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice off sidewalks. Also, when shoveling your driveway, do not shovel snow into the street or onto a sidewalk.
City Code prohibits that… it is more appropriate to pile snow in a yard or another spot away from a sidewalk or driveway… Also, apply salt, sand or cat litter to icy paths as necessary to driveways, steps, and other icy paths,” says Ortega.