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Plow Update: County Crews Work 24/7 To Clear Residential Areas

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – Spokane County crews continue to work in 12-hour shifts around the clock to plow the entire 2,550 system before colder temperatures move into the area this weekend.  With the snowiest November on record, crews have had to repeatedly return to plowing/sanding emergency routes, primary arterials and secondary roads (in that order).  This week's warmer temperatures melted the floor of compact snow and ice.  As motorists break through, vehicles become stuck in the churned up slush and/or rutted surfaces.  With colder weather in the forecast, crews are working to clear the entire road system before the slush-ruts freeze solid.

Currently, County crews are using approximately 60 pieces of equipment and five private contractors with graders have been hired.  Together they have moved into residential neighborhoods – especially in the northern and southeast sections of the County. 

According to the National Weather Service, we're going to see a short break in the weather…at least until next week when more snow is expected.  Unfortunately, temperatures will drop and the slushy conditions will freeze into a hard, rutted surface – slowing plowing efforts.  So, road crews will continue to work 24/7 to clear the entire County road system by Sunday morning.

The public can assist snow removal efforts by moving parked cars off of streets and roads…AND DO NOT snowblow, shovel or throw snow into streets which increases the risk to your neighbors and motorists.  Such action is also considered a "public nuisance" and can result in legal proceedings with possible incarceration and/or fines!

For more information, go to www.spokanecounty.org/engineer.  The County's website also has two icons on the home page that the public may find useful:  "Snow Removal" and "Winter Safety and Preparedness Information."

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