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RIGHT NOW: City, County & Valley Crews Out Working

UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE: City Street crews are completing ordinary winter snow plowing on arterials today to get them cleaned off before any additional snow falls.

Most snow on upper South Hill and far North Side. Streets mostly wet and slushy in the lower areas and downtown.

The City's snow removal activities are designed to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, ensure emergency responders can reach citizens, and enhance movement for pedestrians, motorists and economic activity.

Information on the City's snow removal efforts is available on the City's web site at www.spokanecity.org.  Citizens also can stay up to date on snow removal by following the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityspokane or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SpokaneCity.

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FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE:  Street crews are spreading deicer and sand and will switch to plowing activities if enough snow accumulates.

If snow develops as forecast now, night crews will stay late Wednesday, and Thursday morning crews will come in early to improve street conditions for the morning commute, says Street Director Mark Serbousek. Street officials will call in additional personnel as needed to respond effectively.

"We've been operating on winter schedules since Nov. 15, and our equipment and employees are ready to respond.  As always, we ask motorists to slow down and drive according to conditions when the snow flies," Serbousek says.

The City's snow removal activities are designed to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, ensure emergency responders can reach citizens, and enhance movement for pedestrians, motorists and economic activity.

Information on the City's snow removal efforts is available on the City's web site at www.spokanecity.org.  Citizens also can stay up to date on snow removal by following the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityspokane or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SpokaneCity.

FROM SPOKANE VALLEY:

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - In anticipation of snow Spokane Valley crews spent Wednesday applying deicer to primary and secondary arterials as well as hillsides.

Crews will continue monitoring conditions throughout the evening to respond as needed, and will coordinate with the Spokane Valley police department to address problem areas.

Community members are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks adjacent to their homes and businesses cleared of snow and ice, especially in areas used by schoolchildren and by those with mobility concerns.  

Please remember to use particular care in slick conditions, whether driving or walking. 

To let us know about snow or ice-related roadway concerns, please complete a Spokane Valley C.A.R.E.S. Snow Plow/Removal Form any time of day through the "Report a problem" link on our website at www.spokanevalley.org, or call 921-1000 during regular business hours.

More information about our Snow Plowing and Deicing Level of Service and a copy of our Snow Removal Priorities Map can also be found on our website or at City Hall, located at 11707 E. Sprague Avenue, Suite 106.

Community members can hear recorded SnowInfo updates by calling our SnowInfo line at 720-5311. 

Or, they can subscribe to our emailed SnowInfo updates or our SnowInfo RSS Feed on our website at www.spokanevalley.org by selecting the links on the lower left corner of our home page.

Snow Plowing & DeIcing Priorities and General Information on Winter Operations

Plowing - Priorities 1, 2 & 3 - Primary and Secondary Arterials and Hillsides

Limited operations for snow events ranging from 1 to 3 inches.

Plowing performed as conditions warrant, focusing on problem areas and hillsides.

Coordination occurs with the Police Department on accident and problem areas.

Full plowing activities on Priorities 1, 2 & 3 take place for snow events exceeding a depth of 4 inches.

Plowing - Priority 4 - Residential on the Valley Floor

Residential roadways on the valley floor will be considered for plowing when functional traffic flow is inhibited.

De-icing - Priorities 1, 2 & 3 Primary and Secondary Arterials & Hillsides

When snow, ice or frost is predicted, liquid de-icing activities begin.

Liquid de-icing is conducted on bridges, arterial intersections and hillsides.

When snow begins to accumulate on the roadway, solid granular de-icer is used on bridges, arterial intersections and hillsides.

Granular de-icer may be used on arterial streets as conditions warrant.

De-icing - Priority 4 - Residential on the Valley Floor

De-icing will not be conducted on residential streets on the Valley floor except at controlled intersections and selected problem areas.

Additional details

Fire/Police facilities are addressed as parts of priority routes above.

Schools are addressed as parts of priority routes above. 

Pines Road/SR 27 is maintained by WSDOT.

Trent Avenue/SR 290 is maintained by WSDOT. 

Private roadways are not plowed or de-iced.

Sidewalks

Community members are reminded that they are responsible for keeping sidewalks adjacent to their homes and businesses clear of ice and snow, and are encouraged to prepare in advance.  It is especially important in areas frequently used by schoolchildren as well as areas used by the elderly or disabled.  (SVMC 7.05.040)

Local public service and/or volunteer organizations may be available to help those who are physically unable to clear their walkways.  Call 2-1-1 (or toll-free 866-904-9060) for information and referrals from Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. Income eligibility requirements may apply.

Updates on City of Spokane Valley de-icing/snow removal activities are available through:

Spokane Valley SnowInfo Line at 720-5311. 

Website at www.spokanevalley.org  

Emailed SnowInfo updates 

Subscribe to SnowInfo RSS Feed

FROM SPOKANE COUNTY:

SPOKANE COUNTY, December 19, 2012 – Spokane County road crews have stockpiled supplies, tuned up equipment, and made the transition to working winter shifts in anticipation of the arrival of significant snowfall tonight and for the next several days. Heavy snow is in the forecast for Wednesday night.

The county has 90 pieces of equipment (de-icing and sanding trucks, plows and graders) and road crews anticipate working in around-the-clock shifts to clear more than 2,500 miles of road.

Spokane County crews have already started sanding and de-icing hills and intersections to the north and south where higher elevations are expected to receive more snow.  Motorists are also asked to be aware of changing road conditions and slow down during the evening and morning commute. 

The public can assist snow removal efforts by moving parked cars off of streets and roads.  For more information, go to www.spokanecounty.org/engineer.  

 

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