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ALERT: City Wrapping Up Work In Residential Areas As Stage 2 Snow Emergency Continues

(Photo taken in Browne's Addition on Tuesday) (Photo taken in Browne's Addition on Tuesday)
(Photo taken on Tuesday in Moses Lake) (Photo taken on Tuesday in Moses Lake)

SPOKANE, Wash. - As the snow keeps on falling, the City of Spokane tries to keep up with their plowing. Wondering when the plows will hit your neighborhood? For the latest information on where the plows have been, where they are and where they are going next, click HERE

City Of Spokane:

The City of Spokane continues to work under a Stage 2 Snow Emergency, which means City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full City plow that includes all residential areas. 

Crews are wrapping up plowing in the residential areas.  Nearly all residential streets have been completed, although crews continue to work on cul-de-sacs throughout City. Crews also are placing de-icer on arterials as needed to help combat the current snowfall.

The City is plowing Browne's Addition today and tomorrow, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.  North-south streets are being plowed today, and east-west streets on Wednesday. Because most streets in Browne's Addition are very narrow and the high density of vehicles, all cars must be moved off the streets. Park on the east-west streets on Tuesday and the north-south streets on Wednesday. 

Browne's Addition is treated differently than all other residential areas.  Cars that aren't moved will be towed. Some cars already have been towed today. The number to call if your car is towed is 625-4100. Citizens should have their license plate number handy and the VIN number, if possible.

To check the progress of City plows, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  Residents can type in their address on the top of the snow plowing progress map to get a closer look at their area. Citizens also can call our Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666 for information on where plows are.   And, here is the link to the residential plow route map:  http://www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.

For even more information on the City of Spokane's Snow Plan, click HERE

In all other residential areas, cars should be parked on the even side of the street until the plows pass through. Parking remains restricted in the downtown area between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing there. And no parked cars are allowed on arterials or STA fixed bus routes. The City also asks that citizens clear snow off of parked vehicles and from around fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes.

Restricting parking during snow emergencies allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for cars, trucks, and buses and generally improving driveability for motorists. In the residential areas, parking on one side of the street also allows plow drivers to move away from the curb, reducing the amount of snow and ice that ends up on sidewalks and at the end of driveways. 

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions. In downtown, crews "racked" the snow to the center of the street, creating snow berms.  Motorists should not attempt to cross the berms; they will get stuck. 

Also, don't follow plows closely, and please do not try to pass plow trucks; it is very dangerous. 

Please assist your neighbors who may need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. And don't blow or shovel snow into the street, but back into your yard. That will prevent more snow and ice from being pushed onto sidewalks and the end of driveways by City plows.

Spokane Valley:

In Spokane Valley, a full plowing of city streets in Spokane Valley has been under way. In addition to plowing and applying granular deicer on primary and secondary arterials and on hillsides throughout the city, crews will be plowing residential streets. The full plowing effort will continue into Sunday.. Crews will continue monitoring conditions to respond as needed.

Snow removal operations are conducted consistent with the Council-adopted Snow Plowing and De-Icing Level of Service as outlined below.

For more information on Spokane Valley's Snow Plan, click HERE

Spokane County:

Spokane County crews will continue working 12-hour shifts around the clock, to clear residential areas before the next storm brings fresh snow to the area. 

According to the Engineering and Roads Department, crews have finished plowing and sanding emergency routes, primary arterials and secondary roads, and made significant progress today in many of the residential areas that are served by Spokane County.  With a Winter Storm Warning in effect, their goal tonight is to finish all of the residential areas before another 7 to 10 inches of fresh snow arrive over the next few days.

Currently, the County's Engineering and Roads Department has mobilized a full fleet of operators, using approximately 60 pieces of equipment.  As roads are plowed, crews are applying liquid de-icer to keep them clear. 

With more snow in the forecast for this week, the public can assist the County's plowing efforts by moving cars off of streets and roads. 

For more information on Spokane County's Plow Plan, click HERE


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