When the snow starts to fall, the City of Spokane Valley crew goes into action. The primary routes—which include main arterials, critical intersections and hillsides—are plowed whenever there is accumulation.
When possible, the primary plow takes place overnight because it is the safest time for both citizens and the plow driver as there is less traffic on the roads. Also the faster that roadways are cleared the less likelihood that snow will become an ice layer.
View map of primary snow plowing routes.
Residential streets on the valley floor are considered for plowing when traffic flow is significantly reduced. Currently, the City of Spokane Valley uses contracted graders to plow residential areas within the City. There are 624 lane miles to plow, and it takes about 48 hours. To track progress of a residential plow, view our snowplowing status map and track progress live.
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The City of Spokane Valley has areas that are not plowed by the City. Trent Avenue (SR 290) and Highway 27 are plowed by Washington State Department of Transportation. For more information contact WSDOT at 509-324-6000.
Privately owned roads within the City limits are not plowed by the City. To find out if you live on a privately owned road check out our snow map.
Liquid deicing is applied on bridges, arterial intersections, school zones, specific hillsides and at critical intersections when snow, ice or frost is predicted. When snow begins to accumulate on the roadway, solid granular deicer is applied on bridges, arterial intersections and hillsides. Granular deicer may be used on arterial streets if conditions warrant. Deicer is not applied on residential streets on the valley floor except at controlled intersections and in selected problem areas.
To help keep sidewalks safer for schoolchildren, seniors and those with mobility concerns, community members are responsible for keeping sidewalks cleared when three or more inches of snow/ice accumulate. Learn more about sidewalk snow removal requirements.
If you see a sidewalk that should be cleared and is not, you can report it using SVexpress.
For the 2018-19 year, the City will be clearing sidewalks along arterial routes that are designated Tier 1 and Safe Routes to School, which is a total of 35 miles of sidewalk. The City recognizes that street plows can throw snow on sidewalks and wants to lessen the impact to property owners in these areas.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about plowing and snow removal.