Snow Removal

Clearing sidewalks of snow and ice makes it safer for children, those with mobility concerns, and other pedestrians.  (SVMC 7.05.040 Section C.3) 

Plowing operations in the City of Spokane Valley occur on a prioritized basis that helps ensure critical roadways remain open to traffic. Read about the Snow Plowing & De-Icing Level of Service below.

See the Snow Plowing Priority Map
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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Snow Removal in Spokane Valley 
Snow Removal Information Brochure 
Snow Plowing Priority Map
Residential Snow Plow Status Map
Report a Snow/Deicing concern using Spokane Valley C.A.R.E.S. or call us at 921-1000. 

Priority Levels

Priority 1 - Primary Arterials
Priority 2 - Secondary Arterials
Priority 3 - Hillside Residentials
Priority 4 - Valley Floor Residentials
(Privately-owned streets are not plowed.)

Snow Plowing - Priorities 1, 2 & 3  (arterials and hillsides)

  • Limited operations for snow events ranging from 1 to 3 inches
  • Plowing performed as conditions warrant with focus on problem areas and hillsides
  • Coordination occurs with Police Department on accident and problem areas
  • Full plowing activities on Priority 1, 2 & 3 roadways for snow events exceeding a depth of four inches

Snow Plowing – Priority 4 (residential streets)

  • Residential streets on the valley floor will be considered for plowing when functional traffic flow is inhibited.

Deicing - Priorities 1, 2 & 3  (arterials and hillsides)

  • When snow, ice or frost are predicted, liquid deicing activities will begin
  • Liquid deicing is conducted on bridges, arterial intersections and hillsides
  • When snow begins to accumulate on the roadway, solid granular deicer is used on bridges, arterial intersections and on specific hillsides
  • Granular deicer may be used on arterial streets as conditions warrant

Deicing – Priority 4 (residential streets)

  • Deicing will not be conducted on residential streets on the valley floor except at controlled intersections and selected problem areas

Crews and Equipment

  • Public Works staff monitors weather reports and directs crew activities
  • 5 regular driver/operators with additional contracted personnel as needed
  • 6 Plow/Sander Trucks
  • 3 Plow/Deicier Trucks
  • 1 Deicer Truck
  • 1 Backhoe
  • 40,000 gallon storage system for liquid deicer
  • 1,000 ton enclosed storage building for granular deicer
  • Additional contract personnel and equipment are available for extreme weather conditions
  • On-call road graders are used when residential streets require plowing
  • 24/7 operations
Spokane Valley City Hall  ·  11707 E. Sprague Ave, Suite 106  ·  Spokane Valley, WA 99206  ·  Phone: 509-921-1000  ·  Email: cityhall@spokanevalley.org
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