City to Begin a New Full-City Plow

Plowing, sanding, and deicing continuing in arterials now

Marlene Feist

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:59 a.m.

With snow from yesterday and overnight, the City of Spokane will initiate a new Full-City Plow starting at 9 a.m. today. City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they plow all streets within the City; they have been in 24/7 operations since Friday evening, when the City launched its initial full-City Plow. Additional crews from water and wastewater are part of the round-the-clock plowing efforts.

Under the City's revamped snow response plan, a full-City plow should take about three days to complete. With additional waves of snow expected over the next couple of days, the plow could take longer as crews may need to rework arterials and other locations.

Crews this morning are working on arterials primarily, focusing on hills, bridges, and routes to schools. They will get back into residential areas today. Much of the City was plowed during the plow that began Feb. 8. The order of the residential routes for this plow will be posted later this morning to the City's web site; this page also includes the City's plow map, which will be updated with the new information soon. The City's residential plow route map (PDF 1.3 MB) shows the routes.

City plow crews will work in downtown tonight and overnight on Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Friday, Feb. 15. Vehicles need to be moved out of on-street parking stalls between midnight and 6 a.m. in an area bounded by Maple and Division streets and I-90 and the Spokane River. View the free parking options.

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.

Plow teams in residential areas will use snow gates to avoid leaving berms at the end of driveways as much as possible. The City has 16 pieces of equipment outfitted with those gates, more than double the amount from last snow season. 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 citizens clear a 36-inch pedestrian path on sidewalks. 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.