Spring street sweeping is underway in residential areas of Spokane Valley and will continue through early July. To help crews complete sweeping more quickly, community members are asked to remove items such as basketball hoops, bicycles, and trailers from the roadway. Leaves and debris from private property should also be kept off the roadway.
Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching or passing street sweeping vehicles to avoid dust and debris that may be swept into the air. A map showing areas of the city where street sweeping is underway can be found on the City’s website at www.spokanevalley.org/StreetMaintenance. Areas shown in orange on the map reflect locations where street sweepers are currently operating. As those areas are completed, the color will be updated to green.
Street sweeping is conducted to clear dirt and debris that could otherwise accumulate and clog the stormwater system, resulting in standing water in the roadway. Standing water not only creates a driving hazard, it can accelerate deterioration of the driving surface and underlying structure, which could cost significantly to repair or reconstruct. In severe cases, standing water can cause damage to adjacent properties.
The twice-annual sweeping effort is a more cost-effective alternative to vacuuming debris out of the drywells where it has accumulated. It’s also less expensive than replacing drywells that have become so clogged that they no longer function. Street sweeping is funded primarily by the City of Spokane Valley Stormwater Fund and supplemented by the Street Fund.