City crews getting ready for winter weather

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Friday’s winter weather made for slick roads and dangerous driving conditions for travelers.

Spokane city leaders said Friday was part of a holiday and they had to bring in extra crews. The afternoon shift got in around 3 and de-iced streets until 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Officials said this is their normal plan but some drivers want more done.

“I’m more worried about other drivers and not taking it slow or being cautious enough,” said driver Allison Morgan.

City leaders said they called in crews to de-ice the major arterials and work a normal winter shift. They said the dusting of snow was not enough for the city to take extra action. If it snowed more, crews would have had a different plan.

Two inches of snow with four more on the way would activate stage one of a “winter event” plan. This is when crews de-ice or plow bus routes, hospital districts and hilly residential areas. If it had snowed six inches crews would have cleared all the roads in the city.

City leaders said crews were back on their normal winter shift Saturday. Crews have been de-icing as necessary since 5:30 a.m.

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