UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE: City of Spokane snow removal crews made good progress overnight under the Stage 2 Snow Event declared yesterday. They have completed the residential hill routes and are moving into other residential areas. They will work 24 hours a day until they complete a full-City plow that includes all residential areas.
The City has about 68 pieces of snow removal equipment out, including private contractors, out working to improve driving conditions now. Crews currently are working in Routes 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the South Side and in 10, 11, 12, and 13 on the North Side. To see the residential routes, go to the City's residential plow map. The next routes scheduled are 5 and 6 to the south and 9 and 7 to the north.
Cul-de-sacs are plowed by separate teams that include either backhoes or loaders; cul-de-sacs may not be plowed at the same time as the rest of a street. Cul-de-sac teams are working on both the north and south sides today.
Citizens should be parked on the even side of the street in all residential areas by now. Remember, Browne's Addition is plowed on an announced schedule with specialized parking restrictions. Watch for later updates.
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 information on the location of plows. Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter or by liking the City's official Facebook page.
Additionally, citizens can send a text to 509.385.5775 to receive information on parking restrictions. Just type in the word "Brownes" if you live in Browne's Addition, "Hills" if you live along an arterial or in a residential hill route, and "Parking" if you live outside of these areas.
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.
Under the City's snow removal plan, officials can call for a Stage 1 Snow Event when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and four or more in the forecast. A Stage 2 Snow Event, which includes a full-City plow of all arterial and residential streets, is triggered when there are six inches of snow on the ground and more anticipated.
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.
The City also asks that citizens clear snow off of parked vehicles and from around fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes.
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.
Citizens can check the latest weather forecasts by going to the National Weather Service at weather.gov/spokane.