Why does the City of Spokane Valley not use gates on plows?

Gates are most useful in residential areas to avoid leaving berms across driveways. Currently, the City of Spokane Valley utilizes contracted graders to plow residential areas within the City. Since the City does not own the graders, implementing the use of gates would require contractors to purchase additional equipment. At this time the companies that the City contracts with do not own graders with gates. The approximate cost of a gate is $25,000.

The use of gates increases the time to be able to complete plowing since the grader has to operate at a lower rate of speed to be effective.

The City is observing the use of gates in our neighboring cities and will continue to evaluate the usefulness of this piece of equipment.

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1. When will my street get plowed?
2. What streets are included in the primary routes?
3. What streets are included in residential routes?
4. My street isn’t on one of the maps above. Who plows my street?
5. Why doesn't the plow driver lift the blade so there isn't a berm left in my driveway?
6. Why does the City of Spokane Valley not use gates on plows?
7. How long do I have to clear the sidewalk?
8. Can I push the snow into the street?
9. How much snow/ice can accumulate before I receive a fine?
10. How frequently will I be fined if I don’t remove the snow?
11. How much is the fine?
12. Where does the money from the citation go?
13. What resources are available for those who physically cannot clear their sidewalks?
14. Are there still fines for those physically unable to clear sidewalks?