Frequently asked questions about snow removal
When will my street get plowed?
Primary routes are plowed whenever there is snow accumulation. Residential streets on the valley floor are considered for plowing when traffic flow is significantly reduced. If the City starts a full residential plow, we will post on Twitter and send an email to interested citizens. You can sign up for snow information here.
What streets are included in the primary routes?
Primary plowing routes include arterials, hillsides and critical intersections.
What streets are included in residential routes?
Residential routes are the streets that are on the valley floor in residential areas.
My street isn’t on one of the maps above. Who plows my street?
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.
Why doesn't the plow driver lift the blade so there isn't a berm left in my driveway?
Plow drivers in Spokane Valley don't lift plow blades at driveways because:
Why does the City of Spokane Valley not use gates on plows?
Gates are most useful in residential areas to avoid leaving berms across driveways. Currently, the City of Spokane Valley utilizes contracted graders to plow residential areas within the City. Since the City does not own the graders, implementing the use of gates would require contractors to purchase additional equipment. At this time the companies that the City contracts with do not own graders with gates. The approximate cost of a gate is $25,000.
The use of gates increases the time to be able to complete plowing since the grader has to operate at a lower rate of speed to be effective.
The City is observing the use of gates in our neighboring cities and will continue to evaluate the usefulness of this piece of equipment.
How long do I have to clear the sidewalk?
48 hours after the end of the snow event, which may include snow deposited by plows from the roadway.
Can I push the snow into the street?
No, depositing snow/ice in a manner which obstructs or creates an obstruction to traffic constitutes a misdemeanor.
How much snow/ice can accumulate before I receive a fine?
Accumulation of snow/ice exceeding 3 inches.
How frequently will I be fined if I don’t remove the snow?
After a citation is issued, you have 48 hours to clear snow/ice before an additional citation may be issued.
How much is the fine?
Where does the money from the citation go?
The money goes to the Street Fund.
What resources are available for those who physically cannot clear their sidewalks?
Assistance may be available for residents from the following:
If you don’t meet the requirements and are simply looking for a service to remove your snow, there are companies that specialize in snow removal. Many local landscaping companies offer such services for residential customers. The Better Business Bureau has a list of companies that may offer services for snow removal.
Are there still fines for those physically unable to clear sidewalks?
You could still receive a warning notice or citation. However, there is a defense of violation process.
It shall be defense to a violation of the sidewalk ordinance if all of the following are met:
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