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City Expects To Complete Full-City Plow Overnight

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane overnight expects to complete the full-City plow it began when it declared a Stage 2 Snow Emergency on Dec. 29.  City crews have been working 24 hours a day since then to complete that work.

Nineteen teams of plows and graders are finishing work in the neighborhoods, plowing in residential routes 6, 10, 12, and 13.  All other routes have been completed.  Cul-de-sacs on the South Side are done as well, and crews expect to finish cul-de-sacs to the north in a few hours. Sanders and de-icers also will work in the arterials tonight as needed. 

In the residential areas that still need to be plowed, cars should be parked on the even side of the street. Crews will leave berms at the end of driveways in the residential areas.  Click here for 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.   

Warming shelters for the homeless are open again tonight.  The Salvation Army will be open for families and the House of Charity for single men.  Shelter space still is available at Crosswalk for youth and teens and at Hope House for single women.

Remember, 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.  Plowing will begin at 9 a.m. on both days.  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. 

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 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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