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Spokane City & County launching full plow operations

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The snow fell (is still falling as of 9:00 a.m.) and the City of Spokane has decided to launch a full-city plow. 

Both the City of Spokane and Spokane County announced they are in full plow operations Wednesday morning.

The County has 90 pieces of equipment including graders, plows, sanding trucks and de-icers out. They are asking to stay back from the equipment as they are plowing/grading and that the storm drains and dry-wells are clear of snow and ice. The snow melt needs to go somewhere and it will freeze overnight if it doesn't have somewhere to go.

The City issued the following information: 

The City of Spokane is initiating a Full-City Plow following heavy snows overnight that have continued this morning. City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they plow all streets within the City. Under the City’s revamped snow response plan, a full-City plow should take about three days to complete unless there is additional snowfall.

Today crews will continue to plow, deice and sand arterials and hills to address conditions, and four teams already have been deployed into residential areas, working first in residential hill routes and then other routes. The order of the residential routes will be posted shortly to the City’s web site; this page also includes the City’s plow map, which will be updated with the progress of plows once the full-City plow gets under way. The City’s residential plow route map shows the routes.

Vehicles should be parked on the odd side of the street in residential areas to assist plows. Berms are likely in front of cars, even those parked on the odd side of the street. The parking restrictions are intended to allow plow drivers to do a better job of clearing snow in neighborhoods and to complete their work more efficiently.

Crews generally will leave berms at the end of driveways in the residential areas. Seven pieces of equipment have been outfitted with gates that are intended to reduce driveway berms as part of a pilot project. That equipment is being rotated around the City throughout the winter.

Crews will work to plow snow away from the curb to help keep snow away from sidewalks. Snow also may be pushed to center medians in some cases. Plowing in the downtown has not yet been scheduled.

The City asks that citizens clear a 36-inch pedestrian path on sidewalks with a goal of removing snow by 9 a.m. after the end of snowfall. Please assist your neighbors who may need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks.  Seniors or disabled individuals can call 3-1-1 to connect with resources for shoveling sidewalks.

Don’t blow or shovel snow into the street, but back into your yard.  Clear snow off parked cars to allow plow drivers to see them better, and consider clearing snow and ice around mailboxes and storm drains.

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.

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