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City Proceeds With 24/7 Snow Plowing; Expect To Finish By Sunday Night

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane is continuing work under a Stage 2 Snow Emergency that was called on Thursday, Dec. 2.  Crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full City plow that includes all residential areas. 

Citizens should have moved their cars so they are parked on the even side of the street within the residential areas.  Parking is restricted in the downtown 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 is clearing snow using teams of graders and truck plows to work through the slushy and icy residential streets.  Graders are being used to do an initial cut down the center of the streets and truck plows are moving the material to the side of the road.  Private contractors with graders are assisting with the plowing effort. 

Plowing is going better than originally anticipated, and officials expect the full-City plow to be completed late Sunday.  Officials warned that the berms left at the end of driveways would be heavy and difficult to move, especially as temperatures drop.  Large ice chunks are likely.

Street Department officials are prioritizing plow areas based on street conditions.  Crews have completed residential plow routes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 24 on the South Side, and are working in routes 3, 20, and 21. On the North Side, plows have finished residential plow routes 9, 13, 22, and 23, and they are working in routes 6, 7, 8, and 10.  Route 12 will come next.  Here is the link to the plow route map: http://www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf

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 recorded information on the location of plows.

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 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.  Citizens will find berms on both sides of the street under this plan.  The residential parking restrictions are in place until the plows have passed through your street. 

Citizens are asked to clear snow off of parked vehicles and from around fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes.  Please put garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear areas in front of dumpsters.  Recycling trucks missed some customers on Thursday and Friday.  Those customers should hold onto their recyclables and put them back out for pickup next week on their regular garbage days.

Here is a reminder that Browne's Addition is treated differently than all other residential areas.  The City will provide separate notification of plowing in Browne's Addition with detailed information on parking. 

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.

When driving in wintry conditions, 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.  Don't follow plows closely, and please do not try to pass plow trucks; it is very dangerous. 

Please assist your neighbors who need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks.  This request is particularly important today and over the weekend because of the weight of snow and ice being moved by plows.  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.

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