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City Continues Work Under Stage 1 Emergency

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The City of Spokane is continuing snow plowing on arterials as part of a renewed Stage 1 Snow Emergency; cars cannot be parked along arterials or STA fixed bus routes. Heavy snowfall on Tuesday prompted the new emergency declaration.

Crews also are completing snow removal from cul-de-sacs throughout City—the work remaining from the original Stage 2 Snow Emergency that began on Saturday. 

The City is proceeding with plowing of east-west streets in Browne's Addition today   Because most streets in Browne's Addition are very narrow and the high density of vehicles, all cars must be moved off the streets. Citizens were told to park on 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. About 15 cars were towed on Tuesday, and more have already been towed today. Citizens whose cars were towed should call Crime Check at 456-2233. Have your license plate number and the VIN number, if possible.

Meanwhile, the City's Solid Waste Management Department reported today that recycling trucks were unable to reach some homes on Five Mile today. Those who were missed can put their recycling bins out on Thursday, Dec. 2, for pickup. Please put garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms, and clear areas in front of dumpsters.

Street Department officials are continuing to monitor weather and street conditions 24 hours a day and will make changes as needed to respond to conditions.

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.

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.

The City also is reminding residents to remove snow from their sidewalks and to pay special attention to STA and school bus stops. Property owners are required to remove snow from the sidewalks adjacent to their property.

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.

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. 

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