City Of Spokane Calls For Stage 2 Snow Emergency - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: City Of Spokane Calls For Stage 2 Snow Emergency

UPDATED RELEASE: The City of Spokane is continuing work under a Stage 2 Snow Emergency declared on Dec. 29. City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full-City plow that includes all residential areas.

Currently, the City has 57 pieces of snow removal equipment out, including 19 teams of plows and graders working in the neighborhoods. The City added private contractors to the effort yesterday.  Teams are working in residential snow plow routes 5, 20, and 24 on the South Side and routes 8 and 23 on the North Side.  They'll move to route 9 next.  Crews have completed work in residential hill routes 21, 22, and 23. 

By now, all cars should be parked on the even side of the street in the residential areas.  And remember, crews will leave berms at the end of driveways in the residential areas. Here is a link to the residential plow route map: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf. To check the progress of City plows, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  Citizens also can call the City's recorded Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666.   

City crews also are working on secondary arterials and STA fixed bus routes.  No cars can be parked on arterials or STA routes during a snow emergency.  Additionally, parking is restricted in downtown between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing there.

The City will plow Browne's Addition on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 4 and 5.  North-south streets are planned for Tuesday and east-west streets on Wednesday.  Because streets in Browne's Addition are very narrow, all cars must be moved to accommodate the plows.  Cars that aren't moved will be towed. 

Meanwhile, the City has opened warming shelters for the homeless again tonight at the Salvation Army for families, Hope House for single women, and House of Charity for single men.  Shelter space is still available at Crosswalk for youth/teens.

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 vehicles and generally improving driveability. 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. The residential parking restrictions are in place until the plows have passed through your street. 

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions.  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.

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