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Spokane Valley 'ready to go' for snow

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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.

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  • 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.
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