Spokane Valley 'ready to go' for snow - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Valley 'ready to go' for snow

  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • No longer covered by County, Spokane Valley revises snow removal plans

    No longer covered by County, Spokane Valley revises snow removal plans

    Wednesday, October 7 2009 8:21 PM EDT2009-10-08 00:21:46 GMT
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Wednesday, both the City of Spokane and Spokane Valley released updated details on their snow removal plans. >>
    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Wednesday, both the City of Spokane and Spokane Valley released updated details on their snow removal plans. Spokane Valley's revision came after their snow removal contract with Spokane County was not renewed. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to end the contract last December saying that the contract was no longer "mutually beneficial." The official termination date is October 15. >>
  • City releases updated snow removal plan

    City releases updated snow removal plan

    Wednesday, October 7 2009 1:29 PM EDT2009-10-07 17:29:14 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Following two years of record snowfalls, the City of Spokane is rolling out a revised approach to snow removal as a pilot project for the 2009-10 snow season. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Following two years of record snowfalls, the City of Spokane is rolling out a revised approach to snow removal as a pilot project for the 2009-10 snow season. Spokane Residents are encouraged to offer comments and suggestions throughout the winter, resulting in a permanent plan for the 2010-11 snow season. The revised approach is designed to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians and ensure emergency responders can reach you.>>

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Immediately after receiving notice that Spokane County would no longer provide snow removal services in Spokane Valley, the Council and Spokane Valley staff set to work to examine alternatives for ensuring snow removal services.

"We're ready to go," said Spokane Valley Mayor Richard Munson of the City's newly launched snow removal program.  "We've got the equipment, we've got the manpower, and we've got the plan."

Despite the short notice to set up such a large operation, Munson notes that "Opportunities came along at just the right time to accelerate the process."

The Washington State Department of Transportation was in the process of declaring some snow removal equipment as surplus when they were contacted by the City.  As a result, the City was able to purchase six plow/sander trucks. Two of the trucks have been converted to provide liquid deicer.   

Maintenance crews who worked on preparing the vehicles for the snow season noted that the used equipment was in very good shape and had been well-maintained. Spokane Valley also has one additional new liquid deicing truck.

Poe Asphalt, with whom Spokane Valley already contracts for its successful street maintenance program, will provide operators and additional equipment for the snow operations.  The contract includes fifteen driver/operators and one mechanic/operator. Two Spokane Valley staffers who already hold the required licensing will operate equipment as well. 

The contract with Poe Asphalt also provides three road graders with extended wings and one additional grader and a front end loader.  Additional operators and graders will be available for extreme snow conditions.

The equipment and crews will operate out of a leased maintenance facility that became available earlier this year when Waste Management relocated their Spokane Valley operations.  Equipment has been moved in and supplies have been stocked at the facility, which is located just a block away from Spokane Valley City Hall.

Snow plowing and de-icing in Spokane Valley continues to be accomplished on a prioritized basis as adopted by City Council on April 10, 2007.

  • Priority 1 - Primary Arterials
  • Priority 2 - Secondary Arterials
  • Priority 3 - Hillside Residential
  • Priority 4 - Valley Floor Residential

Priorities 1, 2 and 3

  • Limited liquid de-icing begins prior to snow events on bridges and primary intersections
  • Solid granular de-icing on streets and intersections begins as soon as there is snow accumulation on the roadway.
  • Limited sanding and liquid de-icing occurs at intersections, hills and corners during snow events as snow limits its effectiveness.
  • Limited snow plowing operations for snow events ranging from 1 to 3 inches
  • Plowing performed as conditions warrant, focusing on problem areas and hillsides
  • Coordination occurs with the Spokane Valley Police Department on accident and problem areas.
  • Full plowing activities for snow events exceeding a depth of 4 inches.

Priority 4

  • De-icing and sanding will be conducted on the Valley floor at controlled intersections and selected problem areas.
  • Residential streets on the Valley floor will be considered for plowing when functional traffic flow is substantially inhibited.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Driver airlifted from scene of motorhome rollover near Moses Lake; DUI investigation underway

    Driver airlifted from scene of motorhome rollover near Moses Lake; DUI investigation underway

    Monday, May 29 2017 8:57 PM EDT2017-05-30 00:57:01 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A serious crash is blocking lanes of I-90 near Moses Lake. Details are very limited at this time, but WSDOT confirms one lane in each direction on I-90 near milepost 173 is closed while crews investigate the crash. Viewer video sent to KHQ shows a large motorhome flipped over in the median. 

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A serious crash is blocking lanes of I-90 near Moses Lake. Details are very limited at this time, but WSDOT confirms one lane in each direction on I-90 near milepost 173 is closed while crews investigate the crash. Viewer video sent to KHQ shows a large motorhome flipped over in the median. 

    >>
  • 1 man killed after pickup drives over angry campers

    1 man killed after pickup drives over angry campers

    Monday, May 29 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-05-29 23:11:00 GMT

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A 20-year-old man who was intentionally run over at a Grays Harbor County campground has died of his injuries.      KOMO-TV reports that Jimmy Smith-Kramer of Taholah was one of two victims run over by a pickup truck Saturday.      Tacoma General Hospital officials confirmed he had died late Sunday.

    >>

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A 20-year-old man who was intentionally run over at a Grays Harbor County campground has died of his injuries.      KOMO-TV reports that Jimmy Smith-Kramer of Taholah was one of two victims run over by a pickup truck Saturday.      Tacoma General Hospital officials confirmed he had died late Sunday.

    >>
  • 18-year-old man arrested for vehicular homicide after fatal crash south of Ritzville on Highway 395

    18-year-old man arrested for vehicular homicide after fatal crash south of Ritzville on Highway 395

    Monday, May 29 2017 6:12 PM EDT2017-05-29 22:12:23 GMT

    ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol one person has died following a one-car collision south of Ritzville Monday morning. Troopers say the crash happened on Highway 395 about 24 miles south of Ritzville. The 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was headed north on 395 at a high rate of speed when the driver 18-year-old Jaciel Parra of Victor, Idaho, fell asleep at the wheel.

    >>

    ADAMS COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol one person has died following a one-car collision south of Ritzville Monday morning. Troopers say the crash happened on Highway 395 about 24 miles south of Ritzville. The 2005 Chevy Trailblazer was headed north on 395 at a high rate of speed when the driver 18-year-old Jaciel Parra of Victor, Idaho, fell asleep at the wheel.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/