Marlene Feist, Public Works Director of Strategic Development, 509.625.6505
Monday, October 28, 2019 at 4:35 p.m.
The City’s declared snow season officially launches Nov. 15, but our community already has seen a couple of shots of the white stuff, including one that brought down tons and tons of tree limbs around the City.
With that backdrop, today’s briefing of the City’s Snow Response Plan by Mayor David Condon, Council Member Breean Beggs, and other City officials is timely.
More plowing in more areas sooner is the centerpiece of the City’s plan, which was revamped a couple of years ago to respond to citizen concerns.
When it snows, even if it’s just an inch or two, crews will plow all of the streets, including residential streets. We do that “maintenance plow” work on the day shift, Monday through Friday, when crews from our water and wastewater utilities are more available. When it snows more than that, we will move to 24/7 operations. It takes about 3 days days to complete a full-City plow.
The City also will be using its bigger fleet of snow gates that help reduce driveway berms. We now have 16 of those gates. While the gates won’t eliminate driveway berms, especially on arterials that are plowed frequently, they will greatly reduce them.
With continued cold weather, now is a great time to make your own winter plan:
Check out all the Snow Response Plan details on the Street Department’s snow page.