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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE: With 75 piece of snow removal equipment including nine private contract graders out today, City of Spokane snow removal crews have made significant progress.

With much of the work in the arterials complete, crews are concentrated in the residential areas.  They have completed sections in the residential hill routes (those numbered 20 and above on the City's residential plow map) and are continuing work in those areas.  Additionally, some crews have been deployed to the regular residential areas already today. 

On the south, crews are working in routes 20, 21, and 24, along with route 5 in southeast Spokane.  Later tonight, they will move into routes 2 and 1.  On the north, they are working in routes 22 and 23, along with route 9 in northeast Spokane.  Later tonight, they will move into route 7 and possibly 8.  Citizens should be parked only on the odd side of the street in all residential areas by now.

Here's the link to the residential plow route map that will allow citizens to find their route number:  www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.  Citizens can check the progress of plows at www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  They also can call the City's recorded Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666.  The map and information on the City's snow removal plan also will be printed in Sunday's Spokesman-Review.

The City remains under a Stage 2 Snow Declaration.  The City will continue snow removal efforts 24 hours a day until crews complete a full-City plow of all arterials and residential streets. 

Residents of Browne's Addition should watch for information on the schedule for that area.  Because the streets are so narrow in Browne's Addition, the City will have stricter parking requirements and can tow cars to accommodate plowing.

Additionally, those who live in cul-de-sacs will be plowed by a special team that includes a backhoe.  Those cul-de-sacs may not be plowed at the same time as the adjacent streets.

In the City center, crews last night plowed to the center of the street to maintain on-street parking.  This work created berms down the center of the downtown streets; motorists should not attempt to cross the berms. If temperatures warm as expected on Saturday, crews will work to spread out the berms and apply de-icer to encourage melting.

Snow plow information is available on the City's web site.  Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter or by liking the City's official Facebook page.

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.

Restricting parking during snow removal efforts 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.

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