Where Snow Goes

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Although we haven’t seen any significant snow yet this winter, we all know there’s plenty of time left for the next Snowmaggedon to sneak up on us. As a reminder, Columbia Association (CA) and the Howard County government are in charge of snow removal around Columbia. CA handles snow around the open space areas that are owned by CA, and the Howard County government removes snow on highways and public streets.

Open Space
CA’s Open Space Management Division removes snow that accumulates on the pathways; footbridges; overpasses and underpasses; and the areas around CA-owned lakes and tot lots around the community. CA also handles snow removal around the buildings and property managed by the village community associations in Columbia.

Roadways and public streets
As far as the public streets and highways in the county go, the Howard County Department of Public Works handles snow removal. If you live on a private road, you are responsible for clearing your own streets and sidewalks. To find out if you live on a private road, contact the Howard County Real Estate Division at 410-313-2330. You can also learn more about Howard County snow removal and how to track snow plow progress at co.ho.md.us.

Schools
CA works to clear pathways that lead to elementary and middle schools following a snow storm on school days. Each year the Howard County Department of Public Works partners with CA, the Howard County Public School System and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks to make sure bus stops around the county are clear of snow after a storm.

So if the snow does come this winter, rest assured that CA and the county are working together to keep the roads and pathways as clear and safe as possible.

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