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Courtesy of the Montana Department of Transportation

You can help ensure a safer winter driving experience by being prepared, alert and cautious.

Before you leave, download MDT’s mobile app “MDT Travel Info”  or visit mdt511.com and check your route. If you’re driving and want to check in, pull safely off the road and dial 511. Tune in to local radio stations and watch for variable message signs along the route.

Winter Driving Checklist

  1. Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  2. Clean off your car. Keep windows, mirrors, and lights clear of snow and ice.
  3. Turn off cruise control.
  4. Always buckle up.
  5. Slow down in poor visibility conditions.
  6. Maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles.
  7. Expect ice on bridges and in shady spots.
  8. Don’t pass snowplows unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  9. Prepare your vehicle for winter driving at the start of the season.
  10. Check to be sure all four tires are in good condition.
  11. Don’t wait until the last minute to get snow tires mounted.
  12. Keep an emergency travel kit (PDF) in your car.

Safety Around Snow Plows

Our snowplows are on the road for your safety! When you encounter a snowplow, please remember:

  • Don’t crowd the plow.
  • Plow drivers have limited visibility so don’t assume your vehicle is in view.
  • Maintain a safe distance behind the snowplow.
  • Plows aren’t just removing snow. They may also be spreading sand or deicer on the road.
  • Be patient—never pass through a whiteout.
  • The driver will pull over when it is safe to do so to allow vehicles to pass.
  • Slow down.

Plows are large and move slower than highway speeds. It is difficult to judge distance when approaching the plow so slow down immediately to avoid a collision.

Montana Department of Transportation Tips and Links:



Road & Bridge Office is now open on Fridays to better serve the public.

Monday-Friday: 7:00am-5:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  I’m located outside of the City of Columbus and I want to close down a road for an event.  What do I need to do?

Answer:  You will need to file for an Application for Temporary Street/Road Closure with the Road and Bridge Department.

Question:  When will my road get plowed?

Answer:  Please refer to the Stillwater County Road and Bridge Snow Removal Plan (PDF).

Featured Links


Stillwater County Road & Bridge (Shops)
865 Highway 10 West
PO BOX 715
Columbus, MT 59019


Kevin Ray Superintendent

Amy Gurie Administrative Support