Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Downtown Snow Berms Are Back

Photo courtesy of the Spokesman-Review
If you haven't been downtown today but are headed that way, be warned that there are snow berms in the streets. Spokane’s street crews plowed out downtown overnight, after two days of cars sliding around and getting stuck in six inches of snow that blanketed the area.

Usually the City of Spokane uses de-icer to clear downtown streets as it is a challenge to plow due to street parking. When there is too much snow though and that doesn't work, the streets are plowed to the middle, creating large berms. This makes it hard to change lanes and can cause you to miss turns, especially on one-way streets.

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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.

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