Snow Plowing Priority Routes

Winter Roads Maintenance
Spokane County Roads Department crew members in all districts are back to normal 8 hour shifts after a challenging Holiday schedule where crews worked 12 hour shifts until most roads were cleared. The department wants to thank Spokane County citizens for their patience as crews worked around the clock during the holidays.
Snowy Driving
Snow Plowing Priority Routes
During snow events, Spokane County road crews work in 12-hour shifts around the clock to ensure the entire 2,527 miles of roads are plowed.
View the Snow Plow Activity - 24 Hour Map or call the Spokane County Snow Removal Hotline at 509-477-2666. In the event of an emergency please dial 9-1-1.
Snow Plow Activity Routes
Snow Plowing, Sanding & Deicing
Spokane County's maintenance department provides snow and ice control for all county roads. Snow removal is organized by the following priority system.
  1. Major/Principal arterial routes
  2. Secondary arterials and hillside residential areas
  3. Other rural access roads
When the roads are plowed the snow must be plowed completely to the curb line to ensure mail delivery and to ensure that water can reach drains. Trucks providing traction sand usually follow the plows. A liquid deicing solution instead of sand may be applied to the more heavily traveled arterials. Liquid deicer is used in an effort to minimize the amount of dust particles in our air.

Snow Plowing Priority Routes During snow events, Spokane County crews work in 12-hour shifts around the clock to ensure the entire 2,527 road system is plowed.

Road Fleet
The Road Department has 40 truck plows (26 include sanders), 35 graders, 10 loaders, and 4 de-icing trucks.

Plowing Information
  • When the roads are plowed the snow must be plowed completely to the curb line to ensure mail delivery and to ensure that water can reach drains. Trucks providing traction sand usually follow plowing.
  • Snow plows do not plow snow to the center of cul-de-sacs; it blocks access of Emergency Response vehicles.
  • Do not allow children to dig tunnels or build forts in the snow berms that are piled in the middle or by the side of the road. Plow operators cannot see children hidden in deep snow.
  • Spokane County does not have “boots” or “gates” on snow removal equipment that allow plows to skip over driveway entrances. Therefore, a continuous berm of snow is left along all roads and across driveways, private roads/lanes and sidewalks.
  • Instead of sand, a liquid de-icing solution may be applied to more heavily traveled arterials. The primary purpose of the deicer is for anti-icing. Applying a preventive coating significantly affects the forming of black-ice and acts as a barrier between snow accumulation and the pavement.
Private Property Snow Removal
Spokane County has a policy regarding plowing/blowing/shoveling snow from private property onto the County road right-of-way. In accordance with the Spokane County Code Chapter 8.24, it is a misdemeanor to place material on a County road right-of-way. This creates problems for motorists who must drive over it and is an inconvenience for the County plows to clean the snow up. The snow from your property must be left on your property.