Thursday, November 17, 2011

Spokane Valley Snow Removal Plan

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.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.