Well, the first major snow storm of the season was a bust in some areas, but the City of Spokane Valley would like to remind you how they would handle the situation if it were really to occur.
Snow plowing and deicing in Spokane Valley are conducted on a prioritized basis to keep traffic moving safely in critical areas. Primary and secondary arterials, as well as potentially slippery hillsides are the top three priorities. Residential roadways are addressed based on conditions and impact on traffic movement.
If only a small amount of snow has accumulated, plowing is limited to problem areas and hillsides. Full plowing activities typically occur when snow exceeds 4 inches. Residential roadways are considered for plowing only when traffic flow is inhibited.
Deicing begins when snow, ice or frost is predicted. Liquid deicer is applied first to bridges, arterial intersections and hillsides. If small amounts of snow stick, granular deicer or sand may be applied at those locations and on arterials if needed. In residential areas, deicer is usually applied only at uncontrolled intersections.
Copies of Spokane Valley’s snow plowing and deicing information, as well as a map of roadway priorities, are available here.