Streets Department says lack of plows downtown is intentional

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 8:09 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Streets in the Downtown business district remained unplowed Monday.

The Streets Department said it was relying on the warmer weather to help melt the snow. One car was stuck in the deep snow Downtown on Sprague.

“Our first plan Downtown is to try to use our deicer and mother nature to melt it, and if that's not working, that's when we start the plowing process,” said Andy Schenk with the Spokane Streets Department.

Schenk said plowing Downtown streets creates berms in the middle of the street.

“It doesn't help with the pedestrian crossing the street. It doesn't help with cars turning corners, getting in and out of driveways so if we can help it, we try not to plow,” said Schenk.

The Streets Department said it was evaluating whether to plow Downtown Monday night. Officials said if the snow continued to melt, they would stick with the deicer.

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