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UPDATE: City Of Spokane Declares Stage 2 Snow Emergency

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE>>> City of Spokane Street crews are making steady progress clearing streets of ice and snow as work continues under the Stage 2 Snow Emergency declared Thursday morning. 

City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full-City plow that includes all residential areas. Contract graders from the private sector have joined the effort as well. 

The City is continuing to use an industrial snow blower to remove some of the center berms downtown

Snow moved by the blower is being hauled away in dump trucks. The work may slow traffic but at least one travel lane will be maintained wherever the snow blower is being used.  Remember, drivers should not attempt to cross center berms; they will get stuck.

Meanwhile the City has essentially completed plowing the primary and secondary arterials and now is concentrating efforts in residential areas, where 17 grader-truck plow teams are deployed. The City completed work in the residential hill routes—routes 20 through 24. 

On the North Side, crews are working in routes 7, 8, 9, and 13, and on the South Hill, they are working in routes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The work will leave berms at the end of driveways.  Click here for the residential plow route map: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.

Parked vehicles should be moved off arterials and STA fixed bus routes, and they should be parked on the even side of the street in residential areas until the plows have passed. 

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 for plow information.   

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

Plowing in Browne's Addition has been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 28 and March 1. North-south streets will be plowed on Monday and east-west streets on Tuesday.  Vehicles must be moved from those north-south streets on Monday and the east-west streets on Tuesday or they will be towed.

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. 

The City also asks that citizens clear snow off of parked vehicles and from around fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes.

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, shovel, or plow snow into the street, but back into your yard or private parking lot. That will prevent more snow and ice from being pushed onto sidewalks and the end of driveways by City plows.

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