Spokane County Road Maintenance
KREM.com reports "County crews ready for first snowfall"
The Spokesman-Review writes "Low snowfall boosts budget, time for county road repair"
Winter Road Maintenance Snow Procedures
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.
Snow Plow Priority Routes Map
Spokane County’s Engineering and Roads Department provides snow and ice control for all county roads. During major snow events, Spokane County crews work in 12-hour shifts around the clock to ensure the entire 2,527 road system is plowed. Snow removal is organized by the following priority system;
- Major arterial routes.
- Secondary and collector arterials.
- Hillside residential areas.
- Other rural access roads and flat land residential streets.
The Road Department has 40truck plows (26 include sanders), 35 graders, 10 loaders, and 4 deicing trucks.
When the roads are plowed the snow must be plowed completely to the curb line to insure mail delivery and to insure 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 allows 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.
A liquid de-icing solution instead of sand may be applied to the more heavily traveled arterials. The primary purpose of the deicer is for anti-icing. Applying a preventive coating significantly effects the forming of black-ice and acts as a barrier between snow accumulation and the pavement.
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.
For updated information the current priorities and snow plow progression can be viewed using the 24 Hour Plow Activity Interactive Map or by calling the Spokane County Snow Removal Hotline at 477-2666.
Rehabilitation and Preservation Strategies Spokane County maintains 2,527 miles of county roads. These roads consist of 8.93 miles of concrete roads, 162.37 miles of dirt and summer roads, 985.79 miles of gravel roads and 1369.92 miles of oil and paved roads.
The maintenance department is responsible for repairs and maintenance of the road system. Activities include snowplowing, sanding icy roads, street cleaning, filling potholes, resurfacing paved roads, grading and adding gravel to roads, clearing out drainage structures, trimming vegetation along the right-of-way, repairing missing or damaged traffic signs, restoring malfunctioning signals, and other miscellaneous tasks.
Activities are prioritized in a way that address potentially dangerous situations first, followed by regular repairs, then preventive maintenance as funds allow. To read more on the different type of road maintenance activities and the most common issues on Spokane County roads, please visit...
Road Restrictions Information
Most Common Road Issues
Road Maintenance Activities