City declares Stage 1 snow event

Julie Happy, Communications Manager, BDS, 509.625.7773

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Residential hill routes to be cleared

With a hard freeze predicted for overnight conditions, residential hill routes are a focus for City Street crews.

Street Director Mark Serbousek declared a Stage 1 Snow Event to bring in extra crews to focus on those areas.

“Yesterday was about keeping our main arterials, emergency, and arterial hill routes plowed with de-icer and sand down for the evening commute,” Serbousek said. “Transit bus routes were a concern as well. Today our focus shifts to residential hill routes in anticipation of tonight's freezing temperatures.”

During a Stage 1 Snow Event citizens are asked to:

  • Move parked cars off all arterials and fixed STA bus routes
  • Move parked cars in residential hill routes to the odd side of the street
  • Clear sidewalks of snow within 24 hours

The City also asks motorists to:

  • Slow down, be patient, and drive according to conditions.
  • Not to follow plows closely. They can generate clouds of snow making it difficult to see and can kick up sand. (Staying four car lengths back is a good rule of thumb)
  • Not try to pass plow trucks; it’s very dangerous.
  • Not get between plows as they often work in teams of two or three
  • Drive with caution when near a plow as the plow operator may not have the same field of vision as a smaller vehicle. You will see them, but they may not see you.

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