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City of Spokane declares Stage 2 snow event

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Review the city's snow removal plan and see when they plan to plow your roads here: http://maps.spokanecity.org/snowremoval/

SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane has declared a Stage 2 snow event which means all streets within city limits will be getting plowed and this includes side streets and residential areas!

The good news, is that this will make driving on all roadways much easier, the bad news, is that it might require you to do a little extra shoveling on the sidewalks in front of your home or to get out of your driveway. Spokane City Code does require you to shovel the sidewalk in front of your home or business and those who neglect to do so could face a fine. However, the city recognizes there are some citizens who are not capable of shoveling sidewalks on their own so they are asking all citizens to look out for their neighbors and lend a helping hand if they can. The elderly and disabled can also call 2-1-1 to get help shoveling the snow in their driveways and sidewalks. 

We know all the extra shoveling may be frustrating to some citizens but unfortunately this is kind of a no-win situation. Many citizens complain when residential streets aren't plowed because it's hard to get around, but once the streets do get plowed, complaints pour in from people upset about the extra shoveling they need to do.  While the city recognizes this is frustrating, they have no way to keep all of  the snow from piling up in front of driveways and on sidewalks.

In the past, city snow graders and plows had boots attached to them that aimed to prevent the walls of snow from trailing behind the plows, but these boots actually made plowing less efficient and would break easily. City crews found they were spending more time repairing boots than plowing the snow and because plows and graders can't go as fast or gather as much snow with a boot on, plowing times doubled when the boots were used. The city is currently testing a new boot for snow grades that is supposed to be stronger. If the boot proves to be efficient enough, the City of Spokane may consider purchasing them for all snow graders. 

In the mean time though, we're all being asked to set the grumbling aside, get out the shovels and help a neighbor in need. Hey, look at it this way, shoveling all that snow is a great way to keep off those unwanted holiday pounds!

So, now that a Stage 2 snow event has been declared and we have the shoveling out of the way, here's everything else you need to know:

The city has more than 2,100 lane miles, including 250 principal arterial lane miles and more than 760 major and secondary arterials.

Snow emergency routes, which include principal arterials, major arterials, hills and transit routes, will be the initial focus. Resources are being added to the residential hill routes as part of the Stage 2 snow event. A full-city plow takes approximately 4 days to complete and can be monitored on the snow removal progress map.

A Stage Two Snow Event is declared when:

Six inches of snow are on the ground and more is anticipated during the current snow event. This declaration triggers a number of actions.

The City will:

  • Notify citizens of the snow event.
  • Immediately embark on a full-city plow
  • Bring in additional crews
  • Be ready to implement the “Snow Corridor Plan,” if weather conditions severely restrict the City’s ability to keep up with the snowfall
  • Clear sidewalks around priority City-owned property within 24 hours

Citizens are asked to:

  • Move parked cars off all arterials and fixed STA bus routes within 6 hours.
  • Move vehicles off downtown street parking spaces between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Move parked cars in residential areas to the odd side of the street within 6 hours
  • Clear snow off vehicles parked along the street
  • Clear snow from around curb ramps, fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes
  • Clear sidewalks of snow within 24 hours.
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