No, depositing snow/ice in a manner which obstructs or creates an obstruction to traffic constitutes a misdemeanor.
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Primary routes are plowed whenever there is snow accumulation. Residential streets are considered for plowing when traffic flow is significantly reduced. If the City starts a full residential plow, we will post on Facebook and Twitter and send an email to interested citizens. You can sign up to receive snow information.
Primary plowing routes include arterials, hillsides and critical intersections.
Residential routes are the streets on the valley floor in residential areas.
The City of Spokane Valley has areas that are not plowed by the City. Trent Avenue (SR 290) and Highway 27 are plowed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). For more information call 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.
Plow drivers in Spokane Valley don't lift plow blades at driveways because:
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.
48 hours after the end of the snow event, which may include snow deposited by plows from the roadway.
Accumulation of snow/ice exceeding 3 inches.
After a citation is issued, you have 48 hours to clear snow/ice before an additional citation may be issued.
The money goes to the Street Fund, which pays for road repairs.
Unfortunately, the city does not have available resources to assist residents who need help with snow removal either on sidewalks or driveways. Residents are encouraged to reach out to area churches or service clubs for assistance.
In addition, 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.
You could still receive a warning notice or citation. However, there is a defense of violation process.
It shall serve as a defense to a violation of the sidewalk ordinance if all of the following are met: