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The original item was published from 10/24/2023 3:01:29 PM to 11/12/2023 12:00:04 AM.

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Public Works announces snow response plan, new snow gates and construction project.

Spokane County Announces Snow Plan, New Snow Gates 

and Construction Project


Spokane County Public Works reminded the public that we are responsible for more than 5,100 lane miles of road – the largest county road system in the State of Washington.  With temperatures dropping and snow expected by tomorrow morning, Spokane County Commissioner Josh Kerns said the county is prepared for the arrival of winter.  “We have a stockpile of sand and deicer, 38 snow-plows and sanding trucks, 34 graders and 4 liquid deicing trucks.  Winter may be early this year, but we’re ready,” he said.  

During a “major snow event,” crews in all four road districts will work 24/7 until the road system has been cleared.  The first priority for crews is clearing the emergency routes and primary arterials, followed by secondary roads, and then residential areas. 

The county also announced that new snow gates have been added to the equipment fleet.  Last year, county officials announced that employees in the Central Shop designed and manufactured two dozen snow gates, which are used in curbed residential areas.   According to Maintenance and Operations Administrator Andy Schenk, those employees finished the job this summer.   “This year, employees built enough snow gates for every grader in the fleet.  And I am especially pleased to report that these enterprising employees have saved taxpayers approximately $180-thousand!”, Schenk said.

County officials also announced the construction of a new $20-million Public Works Operations Building.  County Engineer Matt Zarecor said the new facility will be around 30-thousand square feet.  “The building will house five Public Works Operational teams: 

construction management, bridge crew, sign shop, signal shop, and training teams,” Zarecor said.   He added, “While some demolition of the old structures will begin over the next month, we anticipate construction to be finished by the late summer or early fall of 2025.” 

For additional information and a map showing snow-plow activity, go to www.spokanecounty.org/publicworks




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