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Dozens of Columbus Plows Work on Hundreds of Still-Snowy Streets
NORTH COLUMBUS (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- The Columbus 311 call center has been as busy as the crews working to clear all 6,300 lane miles in the capital city.
"Each driver gets a stack of maps they work from five outposts across the city of Columbus," said Rick Tilton of the city's public utilities department.
Tilton said the city has 39 of the 70 snow plow trucks canvassing the streets Tuesday. He asked residents to be patient as crews tackle this job.
"Just the residential streets alone, it's more than 1,600 lane miles of roadway," Tilton said. "That's slightly larger than Dayton. Imagine how long it takes to plow Dayton. That's how long it takes to just plow Columbus' residential streets."
Tilton said the nature of the newer streets has also prolonged the time it takes to clear the roadways.
"When you get to the newer sections of the city, the streets tend to be longer. They curve a little more, especially the northwest sections of the city, (so) they take longer," he said.
Columbus has more access to plows than other major cities in Ohio. Whereas Columbus has 70 plows, Cleveland has 63 plows and Cincinnati has a fleet of 40 snow removal systems, according to the cities' respective leaders.