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News Release

Martha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, MPA
Public Works Information and Outreach Manager
Office: 509-477-7195

Crews Working in All Four Road Districts

Sanding, De-icing and Plowing Underway

SPOKANE COUNTY, December 15, 2017 – Spokane County crews are working in all four road districts today to sand, de-ice and/or plow more than 2,500 miles of road – the largest county road system in the state of Washington!

During the winter months, Spokane County’s Public Works Department uses 35 graders, 25 sander/plow trucks, and 4 liquid de-icer trucks to clear roads in both urban and rural areas. When a snow event occurs, crews in all four road districts are mobilized using a priority system: 1: Main arterials and emergency routes; 2. Secondary arterials; 3. Hilly residential areas, and; 4. Flat residential areas.
The public can help by remembering two safety tips:
* Snow removal equipment can be dangerous. Please stay 50 feet away from the equipment
* NEVER pass on the right side of trucks and graders.
Spokane County's budget for winter road maintenance is approximately three-million dollars. During a snow event like today's, you can check the progress of county crews at www.spokanecounty.org/engineer and use the quick link “Snow Plow Priority Routes”.

About Spokane County
Spokane County government serves almost 500,000 citizens and 13 municipal jurisdictions, making it the fourth largest county in the State of Washington.  For more information, visit www.spokanecounty.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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